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Hérédité, constructeur identitaire à L’île de La Réunion

Abstract : Heredity, in its anthropological and social dimensions, appears as one major iden-tity stake. In Reunion Island, the sharply contrasting origins of the population (Africa, Madagascar, Comoros, Europe, India, China) through a process of admixture, generated a very diversified phenotypic panel within most families. The result from these various cultural meetings leads to envisage the existence of singular representations about what can be called heredity: the transmission of distinctive characteristics over the gene-rations. These distinctive characteristics, i.e. the constitutive traits of the person or the group –whether they are bound to biological and/or cultural heredity– are the basis of the individual and familial identity construction. We will show how, in Reunion, the heredity representations bring a better understanding of the structure of kinship.
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Thierry Malbert. Hérédité, constructeur identitaire à L’île de La Réunion. Kabaro, revue internationale des Sciences de l'Homme et des Sociétés, L'Harmattan ; Université de La Réunion, 2005, L’identité et la construction de l’identité dans les îles du Sud-Ouest de l’océan Indien, 3 (3-4), pp.59-72. ⟨hal-02305357⟩

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