Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Anthropology of Kinship and Gender - 1st semester



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas





Teacher in charge

José Mapril

Weekly hours


Teaching language


Throughout the semester the students should become familiarised with the vocabulary of kinship, with the classic and structuring debates within this theme, and finally the contemporary approaches to the study of kinship and gender. This way, students are expected to end the semester with a global view of this area of studies.



Subject matter

1. The centrality of kinship in Anthropology
2. The imprortance of kinship in contemporary societies
3. Basic concepts
4. Kinship, relatedness and gender: main themes and authors
5. Evolutionary thought and kinship
6. Descent, social cohesion eand transmission
7. Aliance, relations and kinship
8. American kinship
9. What kinship is all about
10. Feminist critic, gender and the rebirth of kinship
11. Kinship as representation/norm and as practice
12. New studies of kinship: processes, substances and agency
13. Kinship as mutuality


Carsten, J. 2004, After Kinship, Cambridge University Press

Lévi-Strauss, C. 1982 [1949], As Estruturas Elementares do Parentesco, Vozes

Parkin, R, 1997, Kinship: An introduction to the basic concepts, Blackwell

Radcliffe-Brown, A. 1989 [1952], Estrutura e Função nas Sociedades Primitivas, Edições 70

Needham. R, 1971, (ed.) Rethinking Kinship and Marriage, Routledge

Rosaldo, M. and Lamphere, L. (eds.), Woman, Culture and Society, California University Press

Schneider, D., 1972, «What is kinship all about?» in Parkin, R et al. (eds.) 2004, Kinship and Family, Blackwell, pp. 257-274

Rosaldo, M. and Lamphere, L. (eds.), Woman, Culture and Society, California University Press

Sahlins, M., 2013, What Kinship Is…And Is Not, Chicago University Press

Yanagisako, S e Collier, J (eds) 1987, Gender and Kinship: Essays toward a unified analysis, Stanford University Press

Teaching method

The course will have a theoretical section presented by the lecturer and paper presented by the students.

Evaluation method

The evaluation has 2 elements:
(i) A final exam (60% of the final grade)
(ii) Paper (40% of the final grade)