Family, Gender and Kinship in Australia: The Social and Cultural Logic of Practice and Subjectivity

Family, Gender and Kinship in Australia: The Social and Cultural Logic of Practice and Subjectivity

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This ethnographically-based exploration draws on sociological, historical and demographic data to provide a comprehensive analysis of family, gender and kinship in Australia, which informs modern kinship and gender at large.

Allon Uhlmann charts the cultural basis that underlies kinship practices and argues that the Australian family is characterized by deep cultural and social continuities rather than the common view that the family is undergoing substantial change. He further shows how the modern family both shapes, and is shaped by, broad social and economic processes.

This analysis provides greater insight into this critical field of practice as well as showcasing a novel analytical approach to practice that is rooted in the sociology of practice and in the anthropology of cognition. The book also suggests changes to the way in which social scientists currently treat family and kinship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409490555
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Series: Anthropology and Cultural History in Asia and the Indo-Pacific
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Allon J. Uhlmann is Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, USA.

Table of Contents

Contents: Series Editor's Preface; Introduction: The project and the field; The historical evolution of the Australian family; Contemporary patterns of family practice: historical continuity and the myth of crisis; The Doxic family; Doxa, orthodoxy and heterodoxy; Structural aspects of kinship; Internalized gender structures; Family and gender, and society at large; Some theoretical and methodological elaborations; Bibliography; Index.

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