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The Metamorphoses of Kinship by Maurice Godelier

The Metamorphoses of Kinship

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The Metamorphoses of Kinship by Maurice Godelier
Jan 21, 2020 | ISBN 9781788736626
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“A truly monumental work.”
—Wendy James, Times Higher Education Supplement

“This is a blockbuster of a book. Nothing like it has been written since Levi-Strauss’s Structures élémentaires de la parenté (1949) or Meyer Fortes’s Kinship and the Social Order (1969). Yet in the sweep of its evidence and argument, Godelier’s summa is more ambitious and far-reaching than either of these. It is at once a major intervention in the discipline of anthropology, and a work of the widest human interest … The book is both a monument of scholarship and a gripping set of reflections on universal experience. It is certain to be read and discussed for years to come.”
—Jack Goody, New Left Review

“Godelier has reasserted the value of our rich tradition of discussions of kinship matters. He has also shown how the category has metamorphosed as it has drawn in new issues of pressing current importance in modern life and made his case that, far from being genuinely in decline, the study of kinship is central to our understanding of what it means to be human.”
—Robert H. Barnes, Comparative Studies in Society and History

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