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by Eviatar Zerubavel

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Author: Eviatar Zerubavel
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 9, 2011)
Language: English
Pages: 240
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Zerubavel Eviatar (EN). Genealogy has long been one of humanity's greatest obsessions.

Zerubavel Eviatar (EN). But with the rise of genetics, and increasing media attention to it through programs like Who Do You Think You Are? and Faces of America, we are now told that genetic markers can definitively tell us who we are and where we came from. The problem, writes Eviatar Zerubavel, is that biology does not provide us with the full picture.

Genealogy has long been one of humanity's greatest obsessions . But with the rise of genetics, and increasing media attention through television programs like Who Do You Think You Are? and Faces of America, we are now told that genetic markers can definitively tell us where we came from. In this provocative book, he offers a r s3h understanding of relatedness, showing that its social logic sometimes overrides the biological reality it supposedly reflects.

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The problem, writes Eviatar Zerubavel, is that biology does not provide us with the full picture. After all, he asks, why do we consider Barack Obama black even though his mother was white? Why did the Nazis believe that unions of Germans and Jews would produce Jews rather than Germans? In this provocative book, he offers a fresh understanding of relatedness, showing that its social logic sometimes overrides the biological reality it supposedly reflects.

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Ancestors and Relatives book. The problem, writes Eviatar Zerubavel, is that biology does not provide us with the full Genealogy has long been one of humanity's greatest obsessions

Ancestors and Relatives book. The problem, writes Eviatar Zerubavel, is that biology does not provide us with the full Genealogy has long been one of humanity's greatest obsessions.

In Ancestors and Relatives: Genealogy, Identity, and Community, Eviatar Zerubavel, a sociologist at Rutgers, pulls .

In Ancestors and Relatives: Genealogy, Identity, and Community, Eviatar Zerubavel, a sociologist at Rutgers, pulls back the curtain on the genealogical obsession. In this lively and well-written book, Eviatar Zerubavel avoids the aridity of technical kinship analysis and uses a personal perspective to show how humans fabricate, in the literal sense, their relatives, by a creative process of elimination and selection in the generation of rules.

Ancestors and Relatives. Genealogy, Identity, and Community. The problem, writes Eviatar Zerubavel, is that biology does not provide us with the full picture

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Genealogy has long been one of humanity's greatest obsessions. But with the rise of genetics, and increasing media attention to it through programs like Who Do You Think You Are? and Faces of America, we are now told that genetic markers can definitively tell us who we are and where we came from.The problem, writes Eviatar Zerubavel, is that biology does not provide us with the full picture. After all, he asks, why do we consider Barack Obama black even though his mother was white? Why did the Nazis believe that unions of Germans and Jews would produce Jews rather than Germans? In this provocative book, he offers a fresh understanding of relatedness, showing that its social logic sometimes overrides the biological reality it supposedly reflects. In fact, rather than just biological facts, social traditions of remembering and classifying shape the way we trace our ancestors, identify our relatives, and delineate families, ethnic groups, nations, and species. Furthermore, genealogies are more than mere records of history. Drawing on a wide range of evidence, Zerubavel introduces such concepts as braiding, clipping, pasting, lumping, splitting, stretching, and pruning to shed light on how we manipulate genealogies to accommodate personal and collective agendas of inclusion and exclusion. Rather than simply find out who our ancestors were and identify our relatives, we actually construct the genealogical narratives that make them our ancestors and relatives.An eye-opening re-examination of our very notion of relatedness, Ancestors and Relatives offers a new way of understanding family, ethnicity, nationhood, race, and humanity.
Comments: (5)
Marirne
First may I suggest that anybody who wants to read this book to get it in paperback or hardcover. The Kindle books is more than sixty percent footnote and reference material, and somewhat challenging to read in that format due to problems with text editing. I was annoyed that the book cost so much---and was mostly references. I think that the material was of some interest, but did small service to genetics, genealogy and the sociological problems of defining ourselves. We humans are looking for meaning, and finding out who our genetic ancestors were has become a satisfying hobby for some, a religious practice for many, and a health issue for an increasing number of human beings. This book suggests that seeking our ancestors is muddled by past and current race bias, community identities and a lot of misinformation, which is probably true to a certain extent. Modern genetics is increasing our ability to remove those issues from subjective interpretation. I found the material rather dry, and felt that the material in it has been explored in many other books. Sorry---wanted to like it after reading a review in Science...but just couldn't.
Gom
I have been truly impressed with this book. From beginning to end, this book continues to drive logical, important, and needed information to the reader.
Nnulam
In contrast to some reviewers, I very much enjoyed the first part of this book.... until it got too deeply into evolutionary theory, which I can read in more engaging ways from other sources.

What I found so interesting were Zerubavel's reflections on what it means as humans that we pick and choose our ancestors, and what value genealogy has for people in the modern world, as well as in historical times. If you're just looking for a genealogy how-to or inspiring ideas on family, there are better books.

But for some sustained scientific/cultural reflections on what it means to be a relative or in a lineage, this is a great book. It is brief, so if you have access to a public lib or uni lib, that would be a great way to get access.
Anazan
Admirably clear writing, witty, trenchant and deftly illustrated with erudition and an eye for the telling detail. This book offers a superb overview of kinship and why the question of belonging matters deeply to our species, refreshingly free of jargon and the sterile theorizing all too common in both anthropological and sociological treatments of the subject.
JoJosho
Bear in mind that this review is written from the perspective of a genetic genealogist (I'm co-author with Megan Smolenyak of "Trace Your Roots with DNA"). Zerubavel is a sociologist, so the book is not aimed at this target audience in spite of the word "genealogy" in the subtitle. In fact, it doesn't characterize it very well: many of us are keen to learn more about all of our ancestral lines, not just the famous ones but also the ones who struggled just to survive and are equally responsible for our very existence. The book also points out the limitations of Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA testing, which follow only two of our ancestral lines, as if we weren't aware of them. They just happened to be the only tools available in the early days of genetic genealogy for biological reasons. The recent advent of autosomal DNA testing has changed the landscape considerably, but to be fair, Zerubavel was probably writing much of his book before this transpired.

The book does have a number of interesting observations, with extensive citations. In fact, pages 133 to 226 are comprised of footnotes, bibliography, and index.