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Kinship to Kingship: Gender Hierarchy and State Formation in the Tongan Islands

Gailey, Christine Ward

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ISBN 10: 029272456X / ISBN 13: 9780292724563
Published by Univ of Texas Press, Austin, Texas, 1988
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Copy has a paper clip pressure mark on part two for about four pages of upper edge, dj has rubbing, light edgewear with four small nicks that have been reinforced with clear tape. Inscribed by the author on the fep. Using a Marxist-feminist approach, the author analyzes women's status in one society over three hundred years, from a period when kinship relations organized property, work, distribution, consumption, and reproduction to the present, class based state society. Although this study focuses one the Tonga, in the South Pacific, the author discusses process that can be seen throughout the neocolonial world. Illustrated with b/w photos, charts. 326pp. Desirable!. Bookseller Inventory # 001855

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Title: Kinship to Kingship: Gender Hierarchy and ...

Publisher: Univ of Texas Press, Austin, Texas

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Signed: Inscribed By Author

Edition: First Edition

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Have women always been subordinated? If not, why and how did women’s subordination develop? Kinship to Kingship was the first book to examine in detail how and why gender relations become skewed when classes and the state emerge in a society.

Using a Marxist-feminist approach, Christine Ward Gailey analyzes women’s status in one society over three hundred years, from a period when kinship relations organized property, work, distribution, consumption, and reproduction to a class-based state society. Although this study focuses on one group of islands, Tonga, in the South Pacific, the author discusses processes that can be seen through the neocolonial world.

This ethnohistorical study argues that evolution from a kin-based society to one organized along class lines necessarily entails the subordination of women. And the opposite is also held to be true: state and class formation cannot be understood without analyzing gender and the status of women. Of interest to students of anthropology, political science, sociology, and women’s studies, this work is a major contribution to social history.

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Christine Ward Gailey is Professor of Women’s Studies and Anthropology at the University of California Riverside.

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