Women and Men in World Cultures

Women and Men in World Cultures

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Is there something in the basic makeup of human beings that dictates behavior along gender lines? What can we actually know about the gender of the past? How has social "progress" affected gender? "Women and Men in World Cultures", a text for courses in anthropology of gender, explores perspectives on the nature of sex and gender throughout the world. This overview begins with a review of theories regarding the role that gender may have played in past societies. The second section focuses on the place of women and men in a wide variety of ways of life - from foragers to members of the global community. Lastly, the third section focuses on topics that are most often of interest to students: how gender constructs work within families, how the gender identities of individuals are created in varied societies, how power affects gender, how supernatural beliefs and religious ideologies affect gender, and how the realities of globalization and transnationalism influence the lives of men and women.
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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 160 x 228.6 x 12.7mm | 249.48g
  • McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
  • Mayfield Publishing Co ,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • 0767417690
  • 9780767417693

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgements Section I: Looking at the Past for Clues to the Future 1: Origins: The Searching for the Essence of a Gendered Humanity2: Histories: Cultural Lessons from the PastSection II: Making a Living: An Organization of Culture and Society 3: Gender Equality: A Foraging Way of Life4: Seeds of Gender Inequality: Horticultural and Pastoral Societies5: Inherent Gender Inequality: Stratified Societies 6: Formal Structure, Formal Inequality: Diversity in the State and Global Societies Section III: Issues of Gender 7: Wife, Mother, Sister, Daughter: Gender in the Family 8: Power and Powerlessness: Gender and Political Control 9: A Cosmological Plan?: Gender and the Supernatural 10: Colonialism, Transnationalism and Development: Gendered Realities 11: An After Word: Dealing with Gendered and Sexed Dualities
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About Laura Klein

Laura F. Klein is currently a Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Pacific Lutheran University. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from New York University in 1975. She has done extensive fieldwork and ethnohistorical study with the Tlingit of Southeastern Alaska with a special interest in gender and politics. She is co-editor with Lillian A. Ackerman of Women and Power in Native North America (Oklahoma) and co-author with Ann Kelleher of Global Perspectives: A Handbook for Understanding Global Issues (Prentice-Hall).
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