Quoting Carsten: kinship and emotion


‘I have already mentioned the close up, experiential dimension of kinship that too often is excluded from anthropological accounts. This lived experience often seems too mundane or too obvious to be worthy of close scrutiny. But the stories I have sketched make clear that kinship is far from being simply a realm of the ‘given’ as opposed to the ‘made’. It is, among other things, an area of life in which people invest their emotions, their creative energy and their new imaginings. These of course can take both benevolent and destructive forms’ (Carsten J. 2004, p. 9).


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