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What makes kinship

Abstract

The objective of this project is to describe, reflect on and argue about what kinship makes and what kinship is made of, through the interconnection of three axes: memory, domesticity and politics. This proposition derives from the critical review of a long tradition of kinship studies in Anthropology, which has focused on the definition and nature of its object; we suggest here a shift of focus, privileging kinship as a product and producer of relationships which are also political, religious, economic, moral etc. The empirical material that will be analyzed by our team of researchers comes from different social universes, usually referred to different sub-areas (rural anthropology, indigenous ethnology, urban anthropology, anthropology of afro-brazilian populations). In addition to the convergence towards a common objective, the researches have a common methodological ground as well, with an approach which privileges analytical and discursive constructs made by the observed subjects and confronts them with anthropological theories. Thus, alongside the theoretical and empirical contribution to the kinship studies in Brazil, the dialogue between the sub-areas of our academic discipline is added to the desirable results of this project. (AU)

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