From consanguinity to consulbstantiality: Julian Pitt-Rivers' 'The Kit and the Kin'

Abstract : In 1973, Julian Pitt-Rivers published a chapter in Goody's 'The Character of Kinship' that, although rather infrequently used and quoted, suggested a work-around to the major criticisms that were expressed towards kinship studies in the 1970s. Reintroducing in a different way the notion of consubstantiality, Pitt-Rivers suggested what could be considered a reconciliation between emic and etic approaches to kinship. Often, the simplest ideas have the most lasting effects. This was certainly the case with my own use of Pitt-Rivers' work when studying Australian Aboriginal kinship. As straightforward as it may appear at first stance, the concept of consubstantiality crystallizes a methodology for embedding structural and formal approaches of kinship within the social domains of relatedness and action.
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Laurent Dousset. From consanguinity to consulbstantiality: Julian Pitt-Rivers' 'The Kit and the Kin'. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting 110, Nov 2011, Montréal, Canada. ⟨halshs-00642885⟩

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