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Sexual meanings : the cultural construction of gender and sexuality

Author: Sherry B Ortner; Harriet Whitehead
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1982. ©1981
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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This volume is a collection of original essays dealing 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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sherry B Ortner; Harriet Whitehead
ISBN: 0521239656 9780521239653 0521283752 9780521283755
OCLC Number: 957520110
Description: x, 435 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Accounting for sexual meanings / Sherry B. Ortner and Harriet Whitehead --
The gender revolution and the transition from bisexual horde to patrilocal band : the origins of gender hierarchy / Salvatore Cucchiari --
The bow and burden strap : a new look at institutionalized homosexuality in native North America / Harriet Whitehead --
Transforming "natural" women : female ritual leaders and gender ideology among Bimin-Kukusmin / Fitz J.P. Poole --
Self-interest and the social good : some implications of Hagen gender imagery / Marilyn Strathern --
Sexuality and gender in Samoa : conceptions and missed conceptions / Bradd Shore --
Like wounded stags : male sexual ideology in an Andalusian town / Stanley Brandes --
Pigs, women, and the men's house in Amazonia : an analysis of six Mundurucú myths / Leslee Nadelson --
Politics and gender in simple societies / Jane F. Collier and Michelle Z. Rosaldo --
Women, warriors, and patriarchs / Melissa Llewelyn-Davies --
Gender and sexuality in hierarchical societies : the case of Polynesia and some comparative inplications / Sherry B. Ortner.
Responsibility: edited by Sherry B. Ortner and Harriet Whitehead.
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This volume is a collection of original essays dealing 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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