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Modern anthropologists are confronted with new reproductive technologies, genetic research and genetic screening, virtual worlds and identities, gay and lesbian families, international adoption and donation of blood, organs, and semen. These legal, medical, technical, and social possibilities challenge traditional views on ‘blood ties’ and family and demand new perspectives and reconfigurations of kinship studies and kinship theories. Modern anthropology has responded to this modern world and has been very productive in exploring these new understandings of kinship.
In Rawson, B. (2011a), A Companion to Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 73–91. Huskinson, J. (2011), ‘Picturing the Roman Family’, in Rawson, B. (2011a), A Companion to Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 521–541. Jacobsen, M. H. (2009), Encountering the Everyday: An Introduction to the Sociologies of the Unnoticed, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Larsson Lovén, L. and Strömberg, A. (2010), Ancient Marriage in Myth and Reality, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishers.
17 We can see these items as symbols and the focus of explanation, but there is a wider set of meanings to be discussed in relationship to the daily lives of family members and their life course. The family is a structure replete with symbols that act as reminders of past events, both personal and related to a wider social world. Yet, the symbolic meaning and deployment of familial terms has only partially been investigated. What we see in literary texts is a representation of the family, but what we do not find in the current scholarship is the analysis of the deployment of words associated with the family.