Kinship, affinity and connectedness : exploring the role of genealogy in personal lives
Kramer, Anne-Marie Caroline. (2011) Kinship, affinity and connectedness : exploring the role of genealogy in personal lives. Sociology, Vol.45 (No.3). pp. 379-395. ISSN 0038-0385Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038511399622
Drawing on the 2008 Mass Observation Directive 'Doing Family Research', this article explores the role of genealogy in personal lives from the perspective of genealogists and non-genealogists in the UK. Analysing the ends to which genealogy is put, it finds that genealogy is a key kinship practice, mapping connectedness, offering a resource for identity-work, and allowing belonging in time. Engaging with anthropological work on kinship, relatedness and remembrance and with recent sociological work on identity and affinity, this article explores how family history as a creative and imaginative memory and kinship practice is simultaneously used to map affinities and connectedness, enact relatedness, and produce self-identity. It argues that examining the role of genealogy and the genealogical imaginary reveals that conventional as well as non-conventional kinship produces partial and insecure identities. This compels everyday personal engagement with the meaning and legacy of inheritance for collective and individual identification and identity.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CS Genealogy
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Belonging (Social psychology), Genealogy, Kinship, Group identity, Identity (Psychology)|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Sociology|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Page Range:||pp. 379-395|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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