Susan McKinnon

Susan McKinnonWeatherhead Resident ScholarMarital Signs of a Progressive Society: Heredity, Temperament, and the American Prohibition of Cousin Marriage
Vital RelationsSAR Press PublicationVital Relations: Modernity and the Persistent Life of KinshipFor more than 150 years, theories of social evolution, development, and modernity have been unanimous in their assumption that kinship organizes simpler, “traditional,” pre-state societies but not complex, “modern,” state societies. And these theories have been unanimous in their presupposition that within modern state-based societies kinship has been relegated to the domestic domain, has lost its economic and political functions, has retained no organizing force in modern political and economic structures and processes, and has become secularized and rationalized. Vital Relations challenges these notions.
2010, March 21–25
The Difference Kinship Makes: Rethinking the Ideologies of ModernityAdvanced SeminarThe Difference Kinship Makes: Rethinking the Ideologies of ModernityThis seminar questioned the distinction between “kin-based” societies and those based on “modern” organization has been fundamental to ideas of contemporary humanity.

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