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The Substance of Kinship and the Heat of the Hearth: Feeding, Personhood, and Relatedness among Malays in Pulau Langkawi

Janet Carsten
American Ethnologist
Vol. 22, No. 2 (May, 1995), pp. 223-241
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/646700
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The Substance of Kinship and the Heat of the Hearth: Feeding, Personhood, and Relatedness among Malays in Pulau Langkawi
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Abstract

Malays on the island of Langkawi become complete persons, that is, kin, through living and consuming together in houses. Identity and substance are mutable and fluid. These perceptions suggest a processual view of kinship and personhood. They challenge anthropological definitions of kinship, which focus on procreation and which assume a universal division between the "biological" and the "social." [Malay, kinship, personhood, feeding, social, biological]

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