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Sexual Meanings

Sexual Meanings
The Cultural Construction of Gender and Sexuality

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Sherry B. Ortner, Harriet Whitehead, Salvatore Cucchiari, Fitz John Porter Poole, Maralyn Strathern, Bradd Shore, Stanley Brandes, Leslee Nadelson, Jane F. Collier, Michelle Z. Rosaldo, Melissa Llewelyn-Davies
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  • Date Published: January 1982
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521283755

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  • This 1996 collection of essays deals with the ways in which sex and gender are socially organized and conceptually construed in various cultures. Its scope is not limited to a series of cross-cultural issues of sex roles and sexual status but rather encompasses a wide range of sex-related practices and beliefs. Ceremonial virginity in Polynesian ritual androgynism in New Guinea, the valorization of young African bachelors, and fantasies of male self-sufficiency in South American myth are among the subjects discussed. Taken in their totality, these essays demonstrate that cultural notions sexuality and gender are seldom straightforward extrapolations of biological facts but are the outcome of social and cultural processes. The book is not only a compendium of symbolic approaches to gender but is also an important statement of the theoretical directions in anthropological research in this field.

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    • Date Published: January 1982
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521283755
    • length: 446 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    preface
    Introduction: accounting for sexual meanings Sherry B. Ortner and Harriet Whitehead
    Part I. The Cultural Organization of Gender:
    1. The gender revolution and the transition from bisexual horde to patrilocal band: the origins of gender hierarchy Salvatore Cucchiari
    2. The bow and the burden strap: a new look at institutionalized homosexuality in native North America Harriet Whitehead
    3. Transforming 'natural' woman: female ritual leaders and gender ideology among Bimin-Kuskusmin Fitz John Porter Poole
    4. Self-interest and the social good: some implications of Hagen gender imagery Maralyn Strathern
    5. Sexuality and gender in Samoa: conceptions and missed conceptions Bradd Shore
    6. Like wounded stags: male sexual ideology in an Analusian town Stanley Brandes
    7. Pigs, women, and the men's house in Amazonia: an analysis of six Mundurucú myths Leslee Nadelson
    Part II. The Political Contexts of Gender:
    8. Politics and gender in simple societies Jane F. Collier and Michelle Z. Rosaldo
    9. Women, warriors, and patriarchs Melissa Llewelyn-Davies
    10. Gender and sexuality in hierarchical societies: the case of Polynesia and some comparative implications Sherry B. Ortner
    Index.

  • Editors

    Sherry B. Ortner

    Harriet Whitehead

    Contributors

    Sherry B. Ortner, Harriet Whitehead, Salvatore Cucchiari, Fitz John Porter Poole, Maralyn Strathern, Bradd Shore, Stanley Brandes, Leslee Nadelson, Jane F. Collier, Michelle Z. Rosaldo, Melissa Llewelyn-Davies

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