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Two Sisters and Their Mother: The Anthropology of Incest

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The sharing of a sexual partner between relatives has always been taboo. In this stunning work, anthropologist Françoise Héritier charts the incest prohibition throughout history, from the strict decrees of Leviticus to modern civil codes, and finds a secondary type of incest, which she calls the incest of two sisters. The term refers not to incest between two sisters, or between two sisters and their mother, but to a love triangle of sorts in which the transfer of bodily fluids among sexual partners, two of whom are related to each other, creates undeniable bonds. Drawing on her field work in West African societies where the bans against two sisters are particularly stringent and on various cultural practices (such as milk kinship), Héritier fashions a complex "mechanics of fluids" in which blood, milk, and semen form the basis for kinship and prohibition. The intricate connections among the social, the natural, and the bodily emerge, fully apparent, and kinship studies are seen in a new light, one that illuminates the primacy of the symbolic.

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In this stunning work, anthropologist Françoise Héritier charts the incest prohibition throughout history, from the strict decrees of Leviticus to modern civil codes, and finds a secondary type of incest, which she calls the incest of two sisters.

About the Author

Françoise Héritier is Professor of Anthropology, Chair of Comparative Studies in African Societies at the Collège de France, and Director of the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, where she is Claude Lévi-Strauss's successor. She is the author of L'Exercice de la parenté, De L'inceste, Masculin/féminin: la pensée de la différence, and De la violence.

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ISBN:
9780942299342
Translator:
Herman, Jeanine
Publisher:
Zone Books
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Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Family Relationships
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Incest
Subject:
Kinship
Subject:
Consanguinity
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Two Sisters and Their Mother
Series Volume:
8281
Publication Date:
20020331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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