A World Full of Women / Edition 1by Martha C. Ward
Pub. Date: 10/28/1995
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
B> This thorough revision of A World Full of Women will appeal to all readers interested in anthropology, or any reader looking for a global approach to the study of women. "Reading this book is like sitting down for an intellectually stimulating, yet thoroughly comfortable, chat with this author," according to a reviewer. Written by an anthropologist who has taught undergraduates for 28 years and designed the first official Women's Studies course in Louisiana, this book has been forged in the classroom and fueled by the explosion of research on women since the 1970s. One reviewer describes the book as an "especially strong in its anthropological grounding, in its appropriate theoretical orientation, its selected ethnographic detail, and in the way it invites participation on the part of its readers." Another reviewer writes, "Ward has achieved a rare thing: an accessible, interesting, personable, opinioned text, combined with the comprehensiveness that makes texts valuable." For those interested in the anthropology of women, gender studies, and/or sociology.
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Table of Contents
“Suggested Readings” appear at the end of each chapter.
Old Words and New Realities.
Where I'm Coming From.
Some Books That Changed Our Lives.
1. "What's for Dinner, Honey?": Work and Gender.
Work: The First Fact of Life.
Tender Trap or SuperWoman?
Talking Troubles and Carrying Conversations.
Off to Work We Go.
Value, Valued, and Valuable.
"What's for Dinner?": Gender and Practical Economics.
Planting and Harvesting: The Next Revolution.
Interpreting Food, Work, and the Facts of Life.
A Few of the Many Books You May Want to Read.
2. Love and the Work of Culture.
More than Personal Lives.
The Personal Is Professional.
Sex and Temperament.
Situations on the Sepik.
Daughters of Sex and Temperament.
Beyond the Sepik.
Intimacy and the World Stage.
Conclusion: Their Last Great Work.
So Many Books: Where Can I Start?
3. Blood and Milk: Biocultural Markers in the Lives of Women.
Where Biology and Culture Meet in the Bodies of Women.
Desire and Control.
Motherhood and Fetal Subjects.
Social Women in Biological Bodies: Some Conclusions.
Some Very Important Books to Read.
4. Primates Are Us: Monkeys, Mothers, and "Nature."
Studying the Human Nature of Women and Men.
Studying the Social Life of Primatologists.
Some Evolutionary or Revolutionary Books to Read.
5. Patterns of Partnering from Romance toResistance.
Varieties of Arrangements.
Reading from Romance to Resistance.
6. A Two-Bodied World: Cultural Systems for Separating Females and Males.
Amazon: Women of the Forest and the Flutes.
Melanesia: Birth and Semen.
Islamic Middle East: Veiled Separations.
Conclusions: What Do Systems of Separation Mean?
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7. A Third Sex?: Gender as Alternative or Continuum.
Making Out and Making Up Sexes and Genders.
Crossing Over and Cross-Dressing.
Intersexed Children: A Case for Consideration.
When Boys Will Be Girls.
Two-Spirits in Native North America.
A Fourth Sex? Cross-Gendered Females.
Conclusions Beyond the Categories of Sex, Gender, and Desire.
Important Books Beyond the Natural Attitude.
8. Life's Lesions: Suffering and Healing.
Intuition or Authority, Magic, or Science.
Qualities and Characteristics of Women's Religions.
Healers and Healing.
Wombs and Wounds.
Women and the New Spirits.
A Field Full of Books to Read.
9. Who Owns Her Body? Challenges to Cultural Relativism.
Human Rights and Cultural Relativism.
The "Nature" of Violence.
A Worldwide Case: Wife Beating and Wife Battering.
Another Worldwide Case: International Sexual Services.
Case Study Number 1: Rape on a University Campus.
Case Study Number 2: Disappeared and Endangered Daughters.
Case Study Number 3: Genital Cutting.
Conclusions: Women's Rights and Critical Cultural Relativism.
A Few Powerful Books to Empower Us.
10. Invisible Workers: Women as the Earth's Last Colony.
Characteristics of Women's Lives in the Last Colony.
International Strategies for Solving the Problem(s) of Women.
A Marxist-Feminist Thinks About Women and Work.
Women's Powers as the Roots of Grass.
Conclusions in the Post-Modern Manner.
Reading, Writing, and Resistance.
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