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Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives

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Kinship and relatedness

Kinship and relatedness are longstanding themes in the work of many of Morgan Centre’s members.

We are interested in how understandings of who is (and isn’t) family or kin are transforming. For example, our Relative Strangers project looks at how people think about and experience relatedness in families where a child has been conceived through donor eggs or sperm, and asks what is the role of ‘genetic kinship’ in such families.

Our Living Resemblances project explored similar themes in a different way, by asking why it is that family resemblances seem to matter so much to people, and what is the significance of sharing (or not) the family nose, or your uncle’s sense of humour, or your mother’s fiery temper.