Re: Garbage-ology?

Tibor Benke (benke@SFU.CA)
Fri, 6 May 1994 12:18:25 -0700

Dwight Read asks:

>How do folks on anthro-l view kinship? How widespread is the
>sentiment that kinship is boring garbage

I, for one, do not think kinship is a topic which can be neglected in
anthropology, since kinship, in one or more or some form, seems to be a
nearly universaly present organizing principle in human groupings.
Furthermore, it is frequently extended metaphoricaly as in 'brotherhoods'
or 'sisterhoods' or kingship. How the various vays of constructing and
construeing kinship are presented, however, is another matter, which bears
further discussion.

Tibor Benke

[Here I would have my academic lack of status listed, along with my school,
but the discussion on anonymity persuaded me to leave it off. It *is* my
real name though:)]