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Sex and Gender Hierarchies

Sex and Gender Hierarchies

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Barbara Diane Miller, Elizabeth Colson, Adrienne Zihlman, Marvin Harris, Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin, Rayna Rapp, Patricia C. Wright, Elinor Ochs, Caroline Bledsoe, Gilbert Herdt, Joan B. Silk, G. William Skinner, Mark Nathan Cohen, Sharon Bennett, Sarah M. Nelson, Melford E. Spiro, Maxine O. Margolis, Marigene Arnold, Eleanor Leacock, Gerald D. Berreman
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  • Date Published: February 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521423687

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  • A generation of feminist research has explored the extent to which the roles--and expectations--of women and men vary across cultures. In this volume, leading anthropologists reflect on the evidence and theories, broadening the conventional field of comparison to include female/male relationships among nonhuman primates and introducing fresh case studies that range from lemurs to hominids, from Japanese peasants to male strippers in Florida, from skeletal remains of a Korean queen to mother/child conversations in Samoa. They document the rich and often surprising diversity in sex and gender hierarchies among both human and nonhuman primates.

    • Expect to be used widely in classroom teaching, in anthropology, physical anthropology, and psychology courses
    • The contributors are nearly all senior scholars and very well known in their respective areas; they are US authors, but they are known in the UK too
    • There is no comparable book which brings together material on sex and gender from a number of disciplines
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    "Should you make room in your financial and time budgets to buy and read yet another volume of expanded, revised conference papers? In the case of Sex and Gender Hierarchies, the answer is a resounding yes if your research or teaching interests include sex differences and gender relationships in primates. This collection of 17 chapters drawn from the four subfields of anthropology, accomplishes what many such volumes only promise to do. It is an impressive analysis of a specific issue--systematic relationships of inequality based on sex and gender--from the perspectives of first-rate biological and social/cultural anthropologists, archaeologists, and linguists." Barbara J. King, International Journal of Primatology

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    • Date Published: February 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521423687
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Barbara Diane Miller
    A note on the discussions at Mijas Elizabeth Colson
    Part I. Overview and Theoretical Perspectives:
    1. The anthropology of sex and gender hierarchies Barbara Diane Miller
    2. Sex differences and gender hierarchies among primates: an evolutionary perspective Adrienne Zihlman
    3. The evolution of gender hierarchies: a trial formulation Marvin Harris
    Part II. Sex and Gender Hierarchies from Conception to Death:
    4. Blood: cultural effectiveness of biological conditions Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin
    5. Reproduction and gender hierarchy: amniocentesis in America Rayna Rapp
    6. Variations in male-female dominance and offspring care in nonhuman primates Patricia C. Wright
    7. Indexing gender Elinor Ochs
    8. The politics of polygyny in Mende education and child fosterage transactions Caroline Bledsoe
    9. Sexual repression, social control, and gender hierarchy in Sambia culture Gilbert Herdt
    10. Primatological perspectives on gender hierarchies Joan B. Silk
    11. Conjugal power in Tokugawa Japanese families: a matter of life and death G. William Skinner
    Part III. Complexity and Change in Gender Hierarchies:
    12. Skeletal evidence for sex roles and gender hierarchies in prehistory Mark Nathan Cohen and Sharon Bennett
    13. Gender hierarchy and the Queens of Silla Sarah M. Nelson
    14. Gender hierarchy in Burma: cultural, social and psychological dimensions Melford E. Spiro
    15. Turning the tables? Male strippers and the gender hierarchy in America Maxine O. Margolis and Marigene Arnold
    16. Women in Samoan history: a further critique of Derek Freeman Eleanor Leacock
    17. Sanskritization as female oppression in India Gerald D. Berreman
    Index.

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    Barbara Diane Miller, University of Pittsburgh

    Contributors

    Barbara Diane Miller, Elizabeth Colson, Adrienne Zihlman, Marvin Harris, Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin, Rayna Rapp, Patricia C. Wright, Elinor Ochs, Caroline Bledsoe, Gilbert Herdt, Joan B. Silk, G. William Skinner, Mark Nathan Cohen, Sharon Bennett, Sarah M. Nelson, Melford E. Spiro, Maxine O. Margolis, Marigene Arnold, Eleanor Leacock, Gerald D. Berreman

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