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Kinship, Affinity and Connectedness: Exploring the Role of Genealogy in Personal Lives

Kramer, Anne-Marie

Sociology, June 2011, Vol.45(3), pp.379-395 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Kinship, Affinity and Connectedness: Exploring the Role of Genealogy in Personal Lives
  • Autor: Kramer, Anne-Marie
  • Assuntos: Affinity ; Belonging ; Connectedness ; Family History ; Genealogy ; Identity ; Kinship ; Mass Observation ; Personal Life ; Relatedness ; Sociology & Social History
  • É parte de: Sociology, June 2011, Vol.45(3), pp.379-395
  • Descrição: Drawing on the 2008 Mass Observation Directive ‘Doing Family Research’, this article explores the role of genealogy in personal lives from the perspective of genealogists and non-genealogists in the UK. Analysing the ends to which genealogy is put, it finds that genealogy is a key kinship practice, mapping connectedness, offering a resource for identity-work, and allowing belonging in time. Engaging with anthropological work on kinship, relatedness and remembrance and with recent sociological work on identity and affinity, this article explores how family history as a creative and imaginative memory and kinship practice is simultaneously used to map affinities and connectedness, enact relatedness, and produce self-identity. It argues that examining the role of genealogy and the genealogical imaginary reveals that conventional as well as non-conventional kinship produces partial and insecure identities. This compels everyday personal engagement with the meaning and legacy of...
  • Idioma: Inglês

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