The Genius of Kinship: The Phenomenon of Human Kinship and the Global Diversity of Kinship Terminologies

by German Dziebel

Table of Contents



PART I. The Phenomenon of Kinship: Unearthing the Roots of Relational Thinking in the 19th Century Thought

Chapter 1: The Invention of Lewis H. Morgan and the Genesis of Kinship

Chapter 2: Philosophy, Psychology, and Physiology

Immanuel Kant, Arthur Schopenhauer, Franz Gall, and Johann Spurzheim: Genius and Madness, the Brain and the Mind

Chapter 3: Logic, Semiotics, and Reproduction

Augustus De Morgan, Charles Peirce, Francis Galton, and Karl Pearson: Logical Relations, Semiotic Iconicity, and Statistical Correlation

Chapter 4: Religion, Hermeneutics, and Evolution

Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, Charles Darwin, and Charles Lyell: Biology and Descent, Geology and Design

Friedrich Schleiermacher, Max Müller, Joseph Smith, and Lewis H. Morgan: Divinity, Humanity, and Animality

Chapter 5: Law, Grammar, and Speech

John McLennan, Henry Maine, Gustav von Ewers, and Sergei Soloviev: Kinship, Kingship, and Custom

Johann Herder, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Johann Busch- mann, Samuel Morton, Adolf Bastian and Friedrich Müller: Nation, Race, Child Language, and Grammatical Gender

Friedrich von Schlegel, Fedor Buslaev, Pavel Lav- rovsky, and Berthold Delbrück: Linguistic Kinship, Mother Tongue, and Etymological Roots

Chapter 6: Anthropology, Law, Linguistics, Psychology, and Biology: Kinship Studies in the 20th Century


The Evolutionary Heritage


Boasian Formalism

Structural Functionalism and Structuralism

Historical Materialism




Kinship Studies as Myth and Science

PART II. The Global Diversity of Kinship Terminological Systems: Generation, Age and Gender

Chapter 7: Consanguinity, Affinity, Adoption, Divorce, and Mortality: The Structure of a Symbolic System

Chapter 8: Kinship and the Current Studies of Human Evolutionary History

Chapter 9: Kinship and Language

Human Kinship and Linguistic Kinship: The Natural Ground of a Metaphor

Kin Terms and Language Structure

Chapter 10: The Basic Logical Pattern

Chapter 11: The Historical Typology of Kin Terminologies

Chapter 12: Ancestral Pattern: “Dravidian,” “Kariera” or Neither

Chapter 13: The Range of Horizontal and Vertical Variation in Kin Terminologies

Chapter 14: Sibling Typology

Chapter 15: Correlations between Sibling Types and Cross-Generational Equations

PART III. Facing a Paradox: Implications of Kinship Terminological Evolution for the Human Origins Research and the Peopling of the Americas


Chapter 16: Case Studies



Uto-Aztecan and Tanoan


Basque, Burushaski, North Caucasian, Ket, Kartvelian, Etruscan, Indo-European, Dene-Caucasian, and Nostratic Malayo-Polynesian, Formosan, and Tai-Kadai

Chapter 17: The Problem of the Peopling of the Americas in the Context of the Out-of-Africa Model of Human Dispersals: A Critical Overview of the Existing Evidence

Chapter 18: Integrating the Evidence from the Evolution of Kinship Systems into an Interdisciplinary Model of Ancient Human Dispersals





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