Unorthodox Kin is a groundbreaking exploration of identity, relatedness, and belonging in a global era. Naomi Leite paints an intimate portrait of Portugal's urban Marranos, who trace their ancestry to fifteenth-century Jews forcibly converted to Catholicism, as they seek to rejoin the Jewish people. Focusing on mutual imaginings and direct encounters between Marranos, Portuguese Jews, and foreign Jewish tourists and outreach workers, Leite tracks how visions of self and kin evolve over time and across social spaces, ending in a surprising path to belonging. A poignant evocation of how ideas of ancestry shape the present, how feelings of kinship arise among far-flung strangers, and how some find mystical connection in a world said to be disenchanted, this is a model study for anthropology today.
Naomi Leite is Lecturer in Social Anthropology and Director of Studies in Anthropology of Travel and Tourism at SOAS, University of London.
Preface and Acknowledgments A Note on Translation and Terminology Introduction: An Ethnography of Affinities 1 * Hidden Within, Imported from Without: A Social Category through Time 2 * Essentially Jewish: Body, Soul, Self 3 * Outsider, In-Between: Becoming Marranos 4 * "My Lost Brothers and Sisters!": Tourism and Cultural Logics of Kinship 5 * From Ancestors to Affection: Making Connections, Making Kin Conclusion: Strangers, Kin, and the Global Search for Belonging Notes References Index