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Family and Kinship in the United States

Cultural Perspectives on Familial Belonging

Edited By Karolina Golimowska, Reinhard Isensee and David Rose

The volume takes a close look at the forms and functions of family and kinship in cultural narratives in the United States. It analyzes social and cultural contexts of kinship and family membership, relations of family and nation on a metaphorical level, and the political discourses that regulate sexuality and reproduction. Representations of family and kinship inform all aspects of American life, which is prominently noticeable in politics, legislation, art, and the media. Family discourses are employed to communicate and negotiate constellations of power and they can serve to investigate differences, struggles, alliances, strategic endeavors, and innovative conceptualizations of kinship. The essays collected in this volume provide readings of texts across various genres that highlight the role of cultural production in reconfiguring paradigms of family and kinship in the US.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Family and kinship in the United States : cultural perspectives on familial belonging / Karolina Golimowska, Reinhard Isensee, David Rose (eds.).        pages cm  Includes bibliographical references and index.  ISBN 978-3-631-65497-2 1. American literature–History and criticism. 2. Families in literature. 3. Kinship in literature. 4. Families–United States. 5. Kinship–United States. 6. Mass media and families–United States. 7. Families in art. I. Golimowska, Karolina, 1985- editor. II. Isensee, Reinhard, editor. III. Rose, David, 1977- editor.  PS169.F35F36 2015  810.9’355–dc23

2015002519 Cover illustration:© Bruno Richter

ISBN 978-3-631-65497-2 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-04773-8 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-04773-8 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2016 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH.

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