Syllabus/achievement requirements Spring 2017

The syllabus is comprised of books, articles in Readers and online articles.

Required books are also available at the University Library (provided the item is held).

Compendia are purchased at the “Kopiutsalget” on the lower floor of Akademika bookstore. Valid student ID and semester card must be presented on purchasing compendia. If “Kopiutsalget” has sold out of a compendium please contact the department as early as possible in the semester in order that more may be obtained.

Many of the online articles require that you use a computer within the university network. If outside the university network, open your web browser and go to


@ Popoenoe, Rebecca. 2004.  Feeding desire. Fatness, beauty and sexuality among a saharan people. London: Routledge, 230 pages. THIS ITEM IS HELD AT AKADEMIKA BLINDERN BOOKSTORE

@  Ramberg, Lucinda. 2014.  Given to the Goddess.  South Indian Devadasis and the Sexuality of Religion. Durham: Duke University Press, 282 pages. AVAILABLE FROM ONLINE BOOKSTORES SUCH AS AMAZON.CO.UK

Curriculum Articles in Readers / Compendium

Bordo, Susan R. 1989.  “The Body and the Reproduction of Feminity: A feminist appropriation of Foucualt” in Alison M. Jagger and Susan A. Bordo (eds): Gender/Body/ Knowledge. Feminist Reconstructions of Being and Knowing.  Rutgers University Press. Pp 13 – 33 (20 pages). 

Carsten, Janet. 2004.  “Introduction: After Kinship”, pp 1 – 30; (29 pages) in After Kinship, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Carsten, Janet. 2004.  “Gender, Bodies and Kinship”,  pp 57 – 83 (26 pages) in After Kinship, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Delaney, Carol  (2001). “Cutting the Ties that Bind: The Sacrifice of Abraham and Patriarchal Kinship”, pp 445 -467 (22 pages) in Sarah Franklin and Susan McKinnon (eds.): Relative Values. Reconfiguring Kinship Studies.  Durham: Duke University Press.

Howell, Signe and Marit Melhuus (1993).  “The Study of Kinship; the Study of Person; A Study of Gender?”, pp 38 – 53 (15 pages) in Teresa del Valle (ed.): Gendered Anthropology, London: Routledge. 

Kahn, Susan M. 2002. “Rabbis and Reproduction: The Uses of New Reproductive Technologies among Ultraorthodox Jews in Israel”, pp 283 – 298 (15 pages) in Marcia Inhorn and Frank van Balen (eds.): Infertility Around the Globe. New thinking on childlessness, gender, and reproductive Technologies. University of California Press.

McKinnon, Susan and Fenella Cannell. 2013. “The Difference Kinship Makes", pp 3.-39 (36 pages) in McKinnon Susan and Fenella Cannell (eds.): Vital Relations. Modernity and the Persistent Life of Kinship. Santa Fe:  School for Advanced Research Press. 

Melhuus, Marit. 2011.  “Cyber-Stork Children and the Norwegian Biotechnology Act:  Regulating Procreative Practice”, pp  51 – 70 (19 pages). in A. Hellum, S. Sardar and A. Griffiths (eds):  From Transantional Relations to Transnational Laws.  Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.

Shever, Elena. 2013 “‘I am a Petroleum Product’: Making Kinship Work on the Patagonian Frontier”, pp 85-108 (23 pages) in McKinnon Susan and Fenella Cannell (eds.): Vital Relations. Modernity and the Persistent Life of Kinship. Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press. 

Stone, Linda. 1997: ”Gender, Reproduction, and Kinship”, pp 1 -20. (19 pages) in Kinship and Gender. An Introduction. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press.

Yanagisako, Sylvia. 2013.  “Transnational Family Capitalism: Producing ‘Made in Italy in China”, pp 63 – 84 (21 pages) in Susan McKinnon and F. Cannell  (eds): Vital Relations: Modernity and the Persistent Life of Kinship .Santa Fe, New Mexico: SAR.

Yanagisako, Sylvia and Jane Collier. 1987. “Toward a Unified Analysis of Gender and Kinship”, pp 14 – 52 (38 pages) in Jane Collier and  Sylvia Yanagisako (eds.): Gender and Kinship. Essays Toward a Unified Analysis. Stanford: Stanford University Press..

Curriculum Online articles

Agustin, Laura. 2005.  “Migrants in the Mistress’s House: Other Voices in the ‘Trafficking’ Debate”, Project Muse, doi:10.1093/sp/jx003, pp 96 – 117 ( 21 pages).

Bear, L., K. Ho, A. Tsing, S. Yanagiskao. 2015. “GENS: Feminist Manifesto for the Study of Capitalism” (6 pages).

Gutman, Matthew. 1997.  “Trafficking Men: The Anthropology of Masculinity”, Annual Reveiw of Anthropology, Vol 26, pp 385 – 409.  (24 pages).

Cannell, Fenella. 2013.  “The blood of Abraham: Mormon redemptive physicality and American idioms of kinship” in Janet Carsten (ed) Blood will out: essays on liquid transfers and flows, JRAI, Special Issue, pp 77 – 94. (17 pages).

Kulick, Don. 1997.  “Gender of the Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes” in American Anthropologist 99 (3): 574 – 585. (11 pages). online

Melhuus, Marit. 1998.  “Configuring Gender: Male and Female in Mexican Heterosexual and Homosexual Relations” in Ethnos 63 (3): 353 – 382. (29 pages). Taylor & Francis online

Rivière, Peter. 1985.  “Unscrambling parenthood.  The Warnock Report” in Anthropology Today, 1 (4): 2- 7.  (5 pages).

Rubin, Gayle. 1975. "The traffic in women: notes on the political economy of sex" in Rayna R. Reiter (ed): Toward an Anthropology of Women. New York: Monthly Review Press, pp.157-210. (53 pages).  REFERENCES ON FRONTER

Simpson, Bob. 2001. “Making ‘bad’ deaths ‘good’: the kinship consequences of posthumous conception” in Journal of the Anthropological Institute 7 (1): 1 – 18. (17 pages).

Simpson, Bob. 2006.  “Scrambling Parenthood: English Kinship and the Prohibited Degrees of Affinity” in Anthropology Today 22 (3): 3 – 6.  (3 pages).

Further recommended reading (not obligatory)

Gutman, Matthew C.  1996.  The Meanings of Macho.  Being a man in Mexico City.  Berkely: University of Califronia Press. (330 pages)

Inhorn, Marica. 2012. The New Arab Man:  Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East.

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