In the first systematic documentation of New Guinea rituals of manhood, Gilbert Herdt places the homosexual customs of the Sambia in their ecological and ideological contexts while exploring what they mean to the individuals who practice them. Raising a host of issues concerning gender identity, hostility between the sexes, and the relationships between myth, culture, and personal experience, Herdt provides a vivid and convincing portrait of how Sambia men experience their sexual development.
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This unique study of boy-inseminating rituals among the Sambia of New Guinea challenges our deepest assumptions about the role of culture in understanding homosexuality and gender-identity development.About the Author:
Gilbert Herdt is professor and director of the Graduate Program in Human Sexuality at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and director emeritus of the National Sexuality Resource Center at San Francisco State University. His books include Sambia Sexual Culture: Essays from the Field, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
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Book Description McGraw-Hill, 1981, Blacklick, OH, 1981. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition, First Printing. Text/BRAND NEW. Illustrated bi-color linen boards/Fine. DJ/NF w/miniscule closed tear to upper spine edge. Maps to endpapers. Anthropological/psychological study of male initiation rites of the Sambia tribe of New Guinea, and the elaborate idioms (ideology or belief system) of support. All boys become initiates of the Warrior group; homosexuality is practiced within the group, with heterosexual experiences postponed until marriage. The Tribe holds it is within the homosexual period that boys become men. This volume follows two intensive years (1974 - 1976) of study. At publication, the author was Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University with continued interest in gender identity and developmental experience. 382 pgs + xviii (18) of prefatory matter. Text followed w/appendices, index; endpaper maps. Forward by Robert A. LeVine. Fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 000147
Book Description McGraw-Hill, 1981. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX007028315X