Why ‘Kinship’?

New Questions on an Old Topic

  1. Nicholas J. Allen Reader1,
  2. Hilary Callan Director2,
  3. Robin Dunbar Professor Director3 and
  4. Wendy James Professor Emeritus Fellow committed social anthropologist4
  1. Wendy James Professor Emeritus Fellow committed social anthropologist

Published Online: 30 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302714.ch

Early Human Kinship: From Sex to Social Reproduction

Early Human Kinship: From Sex to Social Reproduction

How to Cite

James, W. (2008) Why ‘Kinship’?, in Early Human Kinship: From Sex to Social Reproduction (eds N. J. Allen, H. Callan, R. Dunbar and W. James), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444302714.ch

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Oxford, UK

  2. 2

    Royal Anthropological Institute, Great Britain

  3. 3

    University of Oxford, UK

  4. 4

    St Cross College, Oxford, UK

Author Information

  1. St Cross College, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 6 JUN 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405179010

Online ISBN: 9781444302714

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Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The ‘Social Brain’: From Genetic Kinship to a Capacity for Story-Telling

  • From Ego's Networks to Social and Spatial Form

  • Expansion from Africa: Theories and Notes of Caution

  • ‘Home Bases’: From Female Coalitions to Matrifocality

  • The Tetradic Model: and the Ethnographic Critique

  • Language, Human Movement, and Environment

  • Conclusion