Why kinshipcollation.net?

As part of the professionalization of nineteenth century academic history, a distinction between historians, archivists and genealogists grew; resulting in a gradual academic exclusion of past waves of genealogical interest. Even the growth of an academic interest in the ‘history of the family’ over the last half century has not lessened this divide.
Accessible digitisation of records has fed the western public’s genealogical appetite at a social depth never been seen before.
Popular endeavours continue an almost unnoticed exercise of data-processing upon bureaucratic records on an unprecedented scale; ignoring imposed political-economic boundaries constructing instead a web of social networks, through relationships captured at regular intervals and via significant life moments. When taken at a gross-level these networks can be assessed, mapped and mined for understandings of the past. They inform upon the un-powerful and powerful alike, revealing enduring geo-spatial, cross-household linkages.
On the continent multi-generational networks of entire small towns have revealed both social dynamics and political machinations. In Britain both the outputs of the exercise and its potential goes un-recognised as the amateur is invited to construe activity around the notion of family-household and not society; whilst  academia remains aloof and wedded to western individualism.

Author: collating kinship

Iain Riddell is a University of Leicester PGR commencing Nov 2014 focused upon building an understanding of the application of kinship as a tool to explore UK socio-political and economic history post 1800. He has previously worked in inner urban local community and faith-based projects, specialising in marginalised communities.

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