In this book, Hannes Charen presents an alternative examination of kinship structures in political theory.
Employing a radically transdisciplinary approach, On the Politics of Kinship is structured in a series of six theoretical vignettes, or frames. Each chapter frames a figure, aspect, or relational context of the family or kinship. Some chapters are focused on a critique of the family as a state sanctioned institution while others cautiously attempt to recast kinship in a way to reimagine mutual obligation through the generation of kinship practices understood as a perpetually evolving set of relational responses to finitude. In doing so, Charen considers the ways in which kinship is a plastic social response to embodied exposure, both concealed and made more evident in the bloated, feeble and broken individualities and nationalities that seem to dominate our social and political landscape today.
On the Politics of Kinship will be of interest to political theorists, as to feminists, anthropologists and social scientists in general.
Table of Contents
1. Does the family exist? Structures and Practices of Kinship
2. Patrons of the State: Division of the Public and the Private
3. Myth of ‘the Family’: Biological, Social, Economic
4. The Political Theology of the Family: Divine, Romantic, Algorithmic
5. Extraction, Intimacy, and the Politics of Kinship
Hannes Charen is an adjunct assistant professor of philosophy, aesthetics and critical theory at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.