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Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Personhood and the Life Course

Authors: Degnen, Cathrine

  • Poses personhood as a question and breaks new ground in anthropological debates on personhood and relatedness
  • Develops a unique and richly comparative analysis of how personhood is a concept ‘put to work’ cross-culturally in a multitude of ways
  • Crafts a novel analysis of how personhood as a notion and a value shifts not only according to cultural context, but also across different moments in the life course
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About this book

Exploring notions of the person through a wide range of anthropological literature, Cathrine Degnen analyses how personhood is built, affirmed, and maintained during various life stages and via multiple cultural forms and practices. In discussing the life course, she investigates personhood as a concept at the beginning of life, throughout life as lived, at the edges of being, and ultimately at life’s end. Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Personhood and the Life Course moves beyond the human person in isolation to consider how personhood is fashioned with regard to place and how non-humans can also be recognised as persons. Through multiple ethnographic accounts, Degnen shows that personhood emerges as a relational and processual entity, brought into being via reciprocal fields of social relations.

About the authors

Cathrine Degnen is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Newcastle University, UK.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • The Making of Personhood

    Degnen, Cathrine

    Pages 1-27

  • Making Babies and Being Pregnant: The Debated Beginnings of Personhood

    Degnen, Cathrine

    Pages 29-55

  • Personhood, Birth, Babies, and Children

    Degnen, Cathrine

    Pages 57-90

  • Place and Personhood

    Degnen, Cathrine

    Pages 91-120

  • Human People and Other-Than-Human People

    Degnen, Cathrine

    Pages 121-150

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56642-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56641-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Personhood and the Life Course
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56642-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56642-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56641-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 261
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