This is a chapter from the Prickly Paradigm pamphlet Data, Now Bigger and Better, where Nick Seaver uses Malinowski's scathing review of formal analyses of kinship-as "bastard algebra"- as an entry point into current debates about "Big Data" science.
Seaver, Nick. “Bastard Algebra,” In Data: Now Bigger and Better!, edited by Tom Boellstorff and Bill Maurer. Chicago, IL: Prickly Paradigm Press, 2015.
Nick Seaver, "Bastard Algebra", contributed by James Adams, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 17 July 2018, accessed 23 September 2023. http://www.stsinfrastructures.org/content/bastard-algebra