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Genealogy 2017, 1(2), 7;

Genealogical Relatedness: Geographies of Shared Descent and Difference

School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London, London E1 4NS, UK
Academic Editor: Philip Kretsedemas
Received: 25 November 2016 / Revised: 27 February 2017 / Accepted: 7 March 2017 / Published: 30 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue What is Genealogy?)
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This paper explores genealogy through a focus on what I describe as the idea of genealogical relatedness. This is a model of human relations which emphasizes relationships between people defined through the reckoning of connections based on birth and parentage. I offer a geographical analytical framework for exploring both popular genealogy and ideas of genealogical relatedness, shared descent and difference. It is one that both attends to the variety of ways that collective identity is defined or explored through genealogy and is alert to the troubling nature of genealogical categorizations and differentiations especially those which are figured in terms of concepts that seem to be most progressive, including ideas hybridity, diversity, and universal humanity. View Full-Text
Keywords: genealogy; kinship; difference; descent genealogy; kinship; difference; descent
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