Scope of the theories of parenthood.Transcultural comparison as the extension of ethnographic models

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Abstract

© 2016, Asociacion de Antropologos Iberoamericanos en Red. All rights reserved. Based on a historical revision of the comparative methods in the discipline, this article describes the theoretical background of parenthood. The term parenthood became common after the crisis of the classical theory of kinship. Emergent ethnographies related to the wide diversity of parental roles have yield since the 70’s to a need of new theoretical frameworks. In spite of the ethnographic variability, this article argues that it is possible to compare the different ethnographies of parenthood through structural constructions, where relational explanations and interpretations are integrate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-57
JournalAIBR Revista de Antropologia Iberoamericana
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Comparative methods
  • Cultural variability
  • Kinship theory
  • Parenthood

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