Parenthood from the point of view of kinship: An anthropological and interdisciplinary concept

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Abstract

© QUADERNS-E DE L'ICA. Parenthood, understood as a set of behaviors, social relationships, culturally patterned feelings and cultural representations linked to procreation and child rearing is a re-emerging (rather than emerging) topic in the study of kinship. This is not so much due to its content (diverse types of parental care have been described in classical social anthropology and other social sciences), but rather because of the use of the term "parenthood" to refer to these child rearing practices. This article presents the field of parenthood from the anthropology of kinship on the basis of the definition proposed by the Getp-GRAFO. And, by using some methodological rudiments of conceptual history, we will also establish the genealogy of this concept of parenthood at the core of the anthropology. This concept has by no means been exclusive to our discipline. A significant number of publications on parenthood are joint efforts, in which the phenomenon is approached from different disciplinary perspectives. Moreover, many of them have a practical aspect related to the field of social intervention. It is therefore an appropriate topic for exploring interdisciplinary collaborations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-20
JournalQuaderns de l'Institut Catala d'Antropologia
Volume21
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Anthropology of kinship
  • Conceptual history
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Parenthood
  • Procreation and child rearing

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