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Celibacy, culture, and society : the anthropology of sexual abstinence

Author: Elisa Janine Sobo; Sandra Bell
Publisher: Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, ©2001.
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"What does celibacy mean for individuals and for the people around them? What function does it serve? This is the first cross-cultural inquiry into the practice of celibacy around the world and through the ages, among groups as diverse as Kenyan villagers and U.S. prisoners, Mazatec Shamans and Buddhist nuns and monks, Shaker church members and anorexic women." "The examples of celibacy described here illustrate the  Read more...
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Celibacy, culture, and society.
Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, c2001
(OCoLC)654962985
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elisa Janine Sobo; Sandra Bell
ISBN: 0299171604 9780299171605 0299171647 9780299171643
OCLC Number: 44727846
Description: x, 274 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Celibacy in cross-cultural perspective : an overview / Sandra Bell, Elisa J. Sobo --
Private lives and public identities : an example of female celibacy in northwest India / Peter Phillimore --
The women who refuse to be exchanged : nuns in Zangskar, northwest India / Kim Gutschow --
The maintenance and reinforcement of celibacy in institutionalized settings / Hector N. Qirko --
The chaste adolescent / Alice Schlegel --
Virgins in the spirit : the celibacy of Shakers / Peter Collins --
Staying clean : notes on Mazatec ritual celibacy and sexual orientation / Michael Duke --
Can women be celibate? Sexuality and abstinence in Theravada Buddhism / Hiroko Kawanami --
Sexual fluids, emotions, morality : notes on the gendering of Brahmacharya / Meena Khandelwal --
Ritualizing celibacy : the poetics of inversion in Chile and Kenya / Mario I. Aguilar --
Like a natural woman : celibacy and the embodied self in anorexia nervosa / Rebecca J. Lester --
Cultural schemas of celibacy / Victor C. De Munck --
Celibacy in American prisons : legal and interpretive perspectives / Mark S. Fleisher, John R. Shaw --
A swallow in winter : a Catholic priesthood viewpoint / Paul Southgate.
Responsibility: edited by Elisa J. Sobo and Sandra Bell.

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"What does celibacy mean for individuals and for the people around them? What function does it serve? This is the first cross-cultural inquiry into the practice of celibacy around the world and through the ages, among groups as diverse as Kenyan villagers and U.S. prisoners, Mazatec Shamans and Buddhist nuns and monks, Shaker church members and anorexic women." "The examples of celibacy described here illustrate the complex relationship between human sexuality and its particular sociocultural context. Ideas about the body, gender, family, work, religion, health, and other dimensions of life come sharply into focus as the contributors examine the many practices and institutions surrounding sexual abstinence. They show that, though celibacy is certainly sometimes a punishment or a deliberate ritual abstinence, it also serves many other social and material functions and in some cases contributes to kin-group survival and well-being. Celibacy, Culture, and Society represents a significant step toward understanding the functions and meanings of sexuality. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.

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