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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.135

Kinship Needs Suckling


  • Dr. Fadwa EL GUINDI

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Recent field research on Arabian kinship reveals that there are three integrated, culturally recognized pathways for the incorporation of kin: birth, ‘marriage’ and suckling. Analysis of field data shows that kinship structure needs suckling to transcend the rigid binarism usually presented as procreation. As Kinship Study regains its core position in anthropological knowledge after a period of derailing from kinship theory and method due to vague notions of solidarities, this paper will discuss aspects derived empirically of the three pathways to kin incorporation as they interconnect to create a triadic kinship structure.