Anthropology | Kinship Organization
E430 | 0432 | De Mallie
This course is designed as an introduction to major issues in kinship theory
from the mid-nineteenth century until the present. Ethnographically, it
focuses on the kinship and social systems of Native America, although
comparative materials from throughout the world are covered in readings and
lectures. Readings provide a history of the development of kinship theory,
which serves as a microcosm of anthropological theory in general, as well as
a series of case studies that present kinship in ethnographic context.
Grades are based on class participation and on a 15-20 page paper that
analyzes a particular kinship system or problem in kinship theory.