Article out: A Kinship Anthropology of Politics?

A ‘kinship anthropology of politics’? Interest, the collective self, and kinship in Argentine unions, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

The article from my Malinowski lecture (2016) has now been published by JRAI – it’s available on Early View and here. This should be a ‘read-only’ version if your institution does not have a subscription to JRAI. An open-access version is available here.

Here’s the abstract:

In this article I argue for a kinship anthropology of politics, understood as a focus on the day‐to‐day imbrications of kinship and politics in a given political space, and the implications of that for the construction of political subjects. I describe kinship within shop‐floor‐level trade union delegations of state employees in Argentina in three different ways: first, languages of kinship mobilized to describe political allegiance and dispositions, especially inheritance; second, family connections in recruitment and activism; and, third, practices of kinning as relatedness. The combination of these three kinship modes creates the union as kin group, and enables it to act on the world politically in order to transform it.

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