Women and Men: Cultural Constructs of Gender

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Presenting a cross-cultural study of gender roles and relationships, this study also discusses the impact of historical change on gender roles and relations. The work discusses gender roles in types of societies ranging from bands to industrial states; uses a range of cross-cultural examples to compare and contras gender roles in a variety of societies; analyzes the historical development of industrialization in the US and its use of and impact on gender inequalities in pre-existing societies; and examines several worldwide issues in the interrelationships among gender, health and survival. Focusing on the function of religious beliefs and practices in justifying and reinforcing gender roles and relations, the text examines data of interrelationships between gender, language use, and language form in a variety of cultures throughout the world.

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This book presents a cross-cultural study of gender roles and relationships. It also discusses the impact of historical change on gender roles and relations.

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A cross-cultural study of gender roles and relationships, this book presents a synthesis of a wide range of ethnographic and historical data concerning the roles of women and men in wide range of different kinds of societies--with a focus on both material conditions and ideological valuations that affect and reflect cultural models of gender. First looks at the impact of material conditions on gender roles: Foragers; Farmers; Agricultural States; Industrial Economy: The United States; and Women and Global Economic Development. Then explores ideological constraints on gender constructs: Gender and the Body; Gender and Religion; Gender and Language. For anyone interested in gender roles from an anthropological, sociological, and psychological perspective.

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