Kinship and a counter-hegemonic social order: former revolutionaries in southern Oman

Wilson, Alice (2020) Kinship and a counter-hegemonic social order: former revolutionaries in southern Oman. Journal Of The Royal Anthropological Institute, 26 (2). pp. 302-320. ISSN 1467-9655

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Critical reinterpretations of kinship studies questioned earlier ideas that kinship relations reflect and reproduce a dominant social order. ‘New’ kinship studies have nevertheless shown how even non-traditional family forms can reproduce traditional ideas about relatedness, values, and social hierarchies. Promising grounds for resisting ongoing tendencies to link kinship with conservative social reproduction arise from better understanding the circumstances under which kinship relations reproduce a counter-hegemonic social order. Kinship practices of former militants of a defeated revolutionary liberation movement in Dhufar, Oman, make visible veterans’ networks and relations which transgress dominant tribal, ethnic, racial and gendered hierarchies. These practices show how, even in inauspicious circumstances of political defeat and marginalization, kinship relations can reproduce a counter-hegemonic social order – as well as a social afterlife of defeated revolution.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Wilson, A. (2020), Kinship and a counter‐hegemonic social order: former revolutionaries in southern Oman. J R Anthropol Inst, 26: 302-320, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Keywords: counterhegemony, kinship, revolution, Dhufar, Oman
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Depositing User: Alice Wilson
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2020 08:46
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2022 02:00

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