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Guardians of the flutes: Idioms of masculinity

Herdt, Gilbert H

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ISBN 10: 007028315X / ISBN 13: 9780070283152
Published by McGraw-Hill, 1981
Condition: Good Hardcover
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007028315X Edges sl. stained, rubbed spots on cover, holes in dj, good. Endpaper maps. Study of the secret homosexual practices of a tribe in the New Guinea Highlands. *** 382pp. *** Index. *** 1st ed. > DJ Fair | > Language: English | > Size: 8vo | > Media/Binding: Hardcover |. Bookseller Inventory # CORV-BBP-08991

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Title: Guardians of the flutes: Idioms of ...

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

Publication Date: 1981


Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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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.

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