Shifts in kinship from matrilaterality to patrilaterality in a Miskitu village




On Tues April 23, 6:30pm LOndon time, Mark Jamieson, Senior Lecturer at University of East London, will speak LIVE in the Daryll Forde Room, 2nd Floor of the UCL Anthropology Dept, 14 Taviton St, WC1H 0BW. You can also join us on ZOOM (ID 384 186 2174 passcode Wawilak).

Drawing on many decades of fieldwork with Miskitu communities in Nicaragua, Mark analyses the gradual shift from matrilineal descent and the emphasis on matrilateral forms of relatedness towards patrilateral forms in Kakabila, a MIskiitu village on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast. He considers how this shift has been producing forms of strongman politics and engagements in criminality, notably in relation to the narcotics trade, as well as demonstrating elective affinities with strategies of migration to the United States.