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What is a parent?

Marilyn Strathern

Abstract


Drafted in 1991, this paper lies at an intersection of interests in debates following the UK
Human Fertilization and Embryology Act (1990), academic discussions about
interpretation, first sightings of fractal imagery, then recent modelings of Melanesian
sociality, and in the role of knowledge in English kinship thinking. Inspired by questions
about parenthood and kinship posed of West African materials by Houseman, it explores
certain comparisons—and the possibility of comparison—between motherhood and
fatherhood.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14318/hau1.1.011