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April Anthropology News Focuses on Family and Kinship

The April issue of Anthropology News is now available.

This month’s In Focus series is Family and Kinship. As notions of kinship, family and social systems have changed over time, anthropology continues to have much to say about this fundamental area of anthropological research. This month’s series begins with looking at kinship through an evolutionary perspective and closes with examining it through the lens of modernity. In between, contributors explore complexities in defining family and kinship as rooted in DNA or infant nursing practices. Several others address how economic and media developments create new ways of viewing marriage, having children, and parenting.

Rethinking the Place of Kinship in Meta-Narratives of Modernity
Susan McKinnon (U Virginia) and Fenella Cannell (London School of Economics)

Bonds Beyond Blood: DNA Testing and Refugee Family Reunification
Jason Silverstein (Harvard U)

Love is Cheap: Democratic Rise of Love Marriage among Hindu Maoists in Nepal’s Himalayas
Catherine Sanders (U Montana-Missoula) and Kimber H McKay (U Montana-Missoula)

You’re Gonna Get What You Pay For: Gay Parents and Transnational Surrogacy
Katharine Dow (Independent Researcher)

Evolutionary Approaches to Kinship and Family
Siobhán M. Mattison (U Auckland), Mary K. Shenk (U Missouri) and Raymond Hames (U Nebraska-Lincoln)

Suckling as Kinship: The Case of Qatar
Fadwa El Guindi (Qatar U)

Stay tuned throughout April for more articles in the series exclusive to the Anthropology News website.

Proposal Deadline for Family and Kinship Series Extended to Dec 19

The proposal deadline for the Anthropology News series on family and kinship has been extended. The new submission deadline is December 19.

Anthropology has a long history of examining kinship in a myriad of ways. As notions of kinship and family have continued to evolve around the world, it is time to ask what anthropology has to say today about family and kinship. Anthropology News invites proposals for an April 2012 thematic series exploring family and kinship from a uniquely anthropological perspective. Topics may include—but are not limited to—new family structures, reproductive technologies, adoption, marriage, divorce, re-marriage and generational relationships. Contributors may also explore how governmental policies or societal movements affect families in action, such as China’s one-child policy or the US Defense of Marriage Act. AN seeks proposals that address these and other issues surrounding this fundamental area of anthropological research.

To participate, email a 300-word abstract and 50–100-word biosketch to AN Managing Editor Amy Goldenberg. We welcome proposals from current AAA members for In Focus commentaries, Teaching Strategies articles, Field Notes pieces, photo essays, photo features, news stories, interviews and more. Proposals for photo essays should also include up to five high resolution photographs (tiff or jpg), each with a caption and credit. Multimedia submissions are especially welcome for www.anthropology-news.org. All accepted contributions will be published online at www.anthropology-news.org for up to 1,600 words, with flexible space for supplemental artwork and other supporting files. Thematic contributions for print AN will be determined based on when completed In Focus contributions of 1,100–1,300 words in length are submitted. Selected authors will be notified of their status in early January and full articles will be due February 1.

Anthropology News Seeks Proposals on Family and Kinship

Anthropology has a long history of examining kinship in a myriad of ways. As notions of kinship and family have continued to evolve around the world, it is time to ask what anthropology has to say today about family and kinship. Anthropology News invites proposals for an April 2012 thematic series exploring family and kinship from a uniquely anthropological perspective. Topics may include—but are not limited to—new family structures, reproductive technologies, adoption, marriage, divorce, re-marriage and generational relationships. Contributors may also explore how governmental policies or societal movements affect families in action, such as China’s one-child policy or the US Defense of Marriage Act. AN seeks proposals that address these and other issues surrounding this fundamental area of anthropological research.

Guidelines

To participate, email a 300-word abstract and 50–100-word biosketch to AN Managing Editor Amy Goldenberg. We welcome proposals from current AAA members for In Focus commentaries, Teaching Strategies articles, Field Notes pieces, photo essays, photo features, news stories, interviews and more. Proposals for photo essays should also include up to five high resolution photographs (tiff or jpg), each with a caption and credit. Multimedia submissions are especially welcome for www.anthropology-news.org. All accepted contributions will be published online at www.anthropology-news.org for up to 1,600 words, with flexible space for supplemental artwork and other supporting files. Thematic contributions for print AN will be determined based on when completed In Focus contributions of 1,100–1,300 words in length are submitted. Selected authors will be notified of their status in early January and full articles will be due February 1.

Proposal deadline: December 14
Early submissions are encouraged.

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