By Elizabeth A. Stewart
Exploring Twins provides an research of twinship regarded as a particularly social phenomenon. Drawing upon a variety of interdisciplinary, old and cross-cultural facts, Dr Stewart argues that during either conventional and smooth societies, twinship represents a recurrent anomaly which calls into query the assumptions round which kinds of society are equipped. half One identifies and analyses the interesting variety of cultural and disciplinary ways to the translation of twinship, whereas half considers the probabilities for a distinctively social research of twinship.
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Extra resources for Exploring Twins: Towards a Social Analysis of Twinship
What is immediately important is the centrality of twinship to the growing, speciﬁcally modern, concern with issues of identity and the fragmented nature of a self which had been previously thought of as unitary. This concern is clear in the preoccupation with the 30 Exploring Twins process of doubling to be found in the work of other nineteenthand twentieth-century authors. The relevant literature contains a variety of characters, each searching for his/her own identity. In these searches, the protagonists often come across either their doppelgänger or are themselves perceived as two halves.
Duality and Identity 29 Shakespeare’s explicit treatments of twinship are entertainments, albeit exhilarating ones. At the same time, they provide the occasion to explore the ‘artiﬁciality’ of social status, social convention and gender in an era of social change and social mobility. In a posttraditional world, questions concerning not only who but also what we are become an increasing artistic preoccupation. Thus, we ﬁnd a chronic engagement with the issues of identity raised by twinship in the work of Mark Twain, alias Samuel Clemens, writing in that most modern and self-inventing of societies, the United States.
They asked whether twins were ‘as alike as two peas in a pod’ or ‘of a family likeness only’ and found that 99 per cent of those pairs where both twins answered yes to ‘as alike as two peas in a pod’ could be classiﬁed as monozygotic by blood typing, whereas 92 per cent of those pairs where both twins answered yes to ‘family likeness only’ were classiﬁed as dizygotic by blood typing. Five years later, two other researchers, Nichols and Bilbro (1966), constructed a set of decision rules by which they obtained a 93 per cent agreement between the determination of zygosity by genetic markers (blood samples taken) and by similarity of appearance (assessed by self-report questionnaires).
Exploring Twins: Towards a Social Analysis of Twinship by Elizabeth A. Stewart