Cannell, Fenella. 1999. Power and Intimacy in the Christian Philippines. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999. This is an ethnography of a town situated in the lowlands of Bicol region, the region which at the time of Cannell’s research in 1988-89 was the “poorest in the nation” (1). Cannell focuses her study on the poorest … Continue reading Cannell, Fenella. 1999. Power and Intimacy in the Christian Philippines.
Johnson, Christopher H., David Warren Sabean, Simon Teuscher, and Francesca Trivellato, eds. 2011. Transregional and Transnational Families in Europe and Beyond: Experiences since the Middle Ages. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books. The authors look at family and kinship through the lens of “production and circulation of goods” (1) among families across and beyond Europe from … Continue reading Annotation: Johnson, Christopher H., David Warren Sabean, et al. 2011. Transregional and Transnational Families in Europe and Beyond.
Chamberlain, Mary. 2006. Family Love in the Diaspora: Migration and the Anglo-Caribbean Experience. New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers. Using oral histories of migrant African-Carribean families spanning several generations, and residing in the Carribbean and the United Kingdom, Chamberlain tells the “story of emotional attachments and family support network that extends vertically through lineages, horizontally … Continue reading Annotation: Chamberlain, Mary. 2006. Family Love in the Diaspora.
Jocano, F. Landa. 1998. Filipino Social Organization: Traditional Kinship and Family Organization. Manila: Punlad Research House. Using functionalist arguments, the book argues that the family is the Filipino's “social universe,” and that it is the source of Filipino's activities – from economic support, social status, religion, psychological assistance, to care and security in old age … Continue reading Annotation: Jocano, F. Landa. 1998. Filipino Social Organization
Collier, Jane F., Michelle Z. Rosaldo, and Sylvia Yanagisako. 1982. Is There a Family?: New Anthropological Views. In, Rethinking the Family: Some Feminist Questions. B. Thorne and M. Yalom, ed. Pp. 25-39. Longman: New York. The authors refute Malinowski's universalizing argument that the family can be characterized by its function of nurturing children. Using as … Continue reading Annotations: Collier, Jane F., Michelle Z. Rosaldo, and Sylvia Yanagisako. 1982. Is There a Family?: New Anthropological Views
Carsten, Janet. 2004. After Kinship. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Using a comparative approach, and paying attention to the "close, intimate, and emotional work of kinship beside the larger projects of state and nation," Carsten takes a "long way round" to investigate the many new guises of kinship. The house, gender, personhood, substance, and idioms, include … Continue reading Annotation: Carsten, Janet. 2004. After Kinship.
Stack, Carol B. 1974. All Our Kin: Strategies for Survival in a Black Community. New York: Harper & Row. Using ethnomethodology (i.e. researching without middlemen), Stack studies for three years the cultural and structural adaptations of black families in the poorest quarters of an urban ghetto, which the author fictitiously calls The Flats. Rather than … Continue reading Annotation: Stack, Carol B. 1974. All Our Kin
Covar, Prospero. 1998. Larangan: Seminal Essays on Philippine Culture, Manila: Sampaguita Press. Pilipinolohiya (Chapter 4) is the systematic study of the Filipino psyche, and of Philippine culture and society. The Filipino, Covar writes, is like a banga (vessel), and s/he has: labas (exteriority), loob (interiority), and lalim (depth). Using structural functionalism and concepts from indigenous … Continue reading Covar, Prospero. 1998. Larangan
Tsing, Anna. & Yanagisako, Sylvia. 1983. Feminism and Kinship Theory. Current Anthropology 24(4):551-516 The article summarizes the proceedings of a 1982 conference on feminism and kinship theory that focused on three analytical strategies: 1) attention to the symbolic identity of gender; 2) investigation of gender in the context of power and inequality, and; 3) investigation … Continue reading Annotation: Tsing, Anna. & Yanagisako, Sylvia. 1983. Feminism and Kinship Theory
Rytter, Mikkel. 2012. Semi-legal Family Life: Pakistani Couples in the Borderlands of Denmark and Sweden. Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs, 12(1): 91-108. Rytter writes about strategies for family reunification implemented in the border regions of Denmark/Sweden present a picture of nation-states that heavily regulate immigration by imposing an immigration regime that places importance … Continue reading Annotation: Rytter, Mikkel. 2012. Semi-legal Family Life: Pakistani Couples in the Borderlands of Denmark and Sweden