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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.


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