© 2003

Exploring Twins

Towards a Social Analysis of Twinship


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Elizabeth A. Stewart
      Pages 3-11
    3. Elizabeth A. Stewart
      Pages 27-38
    4. Elizabeth A. Stewart
      Pages 39-49
    5. Elizabeth A. Stewart
      Pages 50-62
    6. Elizabeth A. Stewart
      Pages 63-76
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Elizabeth A. Stewart
      Pages 101-116
    3. Elizabeth A. Stewart
      Pages 150-168
    4. Elizabeth A. Stewart
      Pages 169-171
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 172-221

About this book


Exploring Twins presents an analysis of twinship considered as a specifically social phenomenon. Drawing upon a wide range of interdisciplinary, historical and cross-cultural data, Dr Stewart argues that in both traditional and modern societies, twinship represents a recurrent anomaly which calls into question the assumptions around which different types of society are organized. Part One identifies and analyses the fascinating range of cultural and disciplinary approaches to the interpretation of twinship, while Part Two considers the possibilities for a distinctively social analysis of twinship.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.London School of EconomicsUK

About the authors

ELIZABETH STEWART lectures on the sociology of Soviet/Russian society at the London School of Economics. Her research interest in the social analysis of twinship arose from the birth of hew own twins. She is a member of the Twins and Multiple Births Association, the Multiple Birth Foundation and the International Society for Twin Studies.

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