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WGST Fall Lunch Lecture
Aunting- Cultural Practices that sustain Family and Community Life.
Laura Ellingson, Communication Department
In this engaging book, Laura Ellingson and Patricia Sotirin construct a consid-eration of "aunts" that moves from noun to verb. "Aunts" is more than a group of people or a role; instead, "to aunt" is a practice, something people "do." Some women "aunt" as second mothers, friends, or mentors, while others play more peripheral roles. In either case, aunts nonetheless significantly impact their nieces’ and nephews' life choices.