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Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia: An Exploration of the Comparative Method

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ISBN 10: 0520228529 / ISBN 13: 9780520228528
Published by University of California Press, 2001
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0520228529 Spine faded, o/w very good. Softbound 8vo. A systematic comparison of Melanesia and Amazonia and a consideration of the remarkable parallels and illuminating differences that exist between them. Based on the international symposium held in Mijas, Spain in September 1996 funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation. 392pp. Index, refer. 2 maps on front endpapers. 1st ed. > Language: English | > Size: 8vo | > Media/Binding: Soft cover |. Bookseller Inventory # CORV-BBP-14550

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Title: Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia: An ...

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: PAPERBACK

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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One of the great riddles of cultural history is the remarkable parallel that exists between the peoples of Amazonia and those of Melanesia. Although the two regions are separated by half a world in distance and at least 40,000 years of history, their cultures nonetheless reveal striking similarities in the areas of sex and gender. In both Amazonia and Melanesia, male-female differences infuse social organization and self-conception. They are the core of religion, symbolism, and cosmology, and they permeate ideas about body imagery, procreation, growth, men's cults, and rituals of initiation.

The contributors to this innovative volume illuminate the various ways in which sex and gender are elaborated, obsessed over, and internalized, shaping subjective experiences common to entire cultural regions, and beyond. Through comparison of the life ways of Melanesia and Amazonia the authors expand the study of gender, as well as the comparative method in anthropology, in new and rewarding directions.

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"A fascinating and probably unique excursion into the thought worlds, cultural and linguistic structures, cosmological and symbolic systems, and gendered relationships of these peoples. The breadth and scope are huge, although the focus on the comparative method purposely anchors the scholarship, and grounds the studies, in a pleasing way."―Gilbert Herdt, author of Sambia Sexual Culture

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