Thursday 29 September 2016 • 12.30pm to 1.30pm
CRFR meeting room, 23 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh

Shanthi Thambiah, Gender Studies Programme, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Malaya

Anthropologists have increasingly moved away from the term ‘kinship’ in favour of Carsten’s (2000) conception of ‘relatedness’. Recent literature in this field unpacks conventional assumptions about the biological basis of relatedness and challenges the relegation of kinship studies to the private sphere. However, it is only beginning to engage critically with the workplace and with practices of relatedness emanating from there. The presence of foreign domestic workers within middle class families in Malaysia will be examined in this seminar, to rethink practices and idioms of kinship performed by people considered as ‘labour’.
By bringing together theories of labour with new anthropological approaches to kinship, this seminar will show how kinship and labour are mutually entwined, and will consider the implications of this entanglement for our understandings of kinship and of labour relations.

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