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Visions of Kinship in Medieval Europe$
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Hans Hummer

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198797609

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198797609.001.0001

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The Made and the Given, the Carnal and the Spiritual

The Made and the Given, the Carnal and the Spiritual

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(p.97) 4 The Made and the Given, the Carnal and the Spiritual
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Visions of Kinship in Medieval Europe
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Hans Hummer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198797609.003.0005

This chapter outlines an alternative approach to kinship that is free of modern biogenetic biases and is derived from Karl Schmid’s concept of “self-consciousness” and recent anthropological work on kinship by Janet Carsten, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, among others. It surveys David Schneider’s classic critique of kinship studies, anthropologists’ rejection of kinship as a primordial or base form regulating a society, the shift to meaning over function, and the critique of constructionism. It emphasizes the need to take the new kinship studies into account if one wishes to illuminate indigenous social ontologies and understand what kinship meant in medieval Europe.

Keywords:   ontology, kinship, constructionism, anthropological, Karl Schmid, self-consciousness, David Schneider, biogenetic

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