Fruit of the Motherland: Gender in an Egalitarian Society

Fruit of the Motherland: Gender in an Egalitarian Society

by Maria Lepowsky
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231081219

ISBN-13: 9780231081214

Pub. Date: 02/17/1994

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Challenging the portrayal of sexual inequality as a universal condition, Lepowsky presents a vivid account of Vanatinai, a matrilineal society in New Guinea.

Contradticting scholars who consider sexual inequality a universal condition, Fruit of the Motherland reveals an exceptional society in which women have equivalent access to power and prestige and

Overview

Challenging the portrayal of sexual inequality as a universal condition, Lepowsky presents a vivid account of Vanatinai, a matrilineal society in New Guinea.

Contradticting scholars who consider sexual inequality a universal condition, Fruit of the Motherland reveals an exceptional society in which women have equivalent access to power and prestige and significant control over the means of production.

Lepowsky presents an ethnography of Vanatinai, a matrilineal, decentralized society in New Guinea where there is no ideology of male dominance and women and men are considered fundamentally equal. tracing the life cycle of islanders of both sexes, she examines the role of gender in thye Vanatinai's: social life and history, religious philosophy and worldview, practice of ceremonial exchange and ritual.

In addition, Fruit of the Motherland includes useful cross-cultural analysis of gender roles, ideologies, and power.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231081214
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
02/17/1994
Pages:
383
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

PrefaceMaps1. Island Encounters2. Fruit of the Motherland3. Island Lives4. Ancestors and Other Spirits5. Sorcerers and Witches6. The Living, the Dead, and Relations of Value7. Fruit of the Dead8. Gender and PowerNotesGlossaryBibliographyIndex

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