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Myths of Male Dominance: Collected Articles on Women Cross-Culturally
     

Myths of Male Dominance: Collected Articles on Women Cross-Culturally

by Eleanor Burke Leacock
 

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The common assumption that women have always been subordinate to men relies on a further assumption-that women have accepted second-class status as a "natural" state of affairs. This classic anthropological study debunks the many myths behind the notion of male superiority.

Drawing on extensive historical and cross-cultural research, Eleanor Burke Leacock shows that

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The common assumption that women have always been subordinate to men relies on a further assumption-that women have accepted second-class status as a "natural" state of affairs. This classic anthropological study debunks the many myths behind the notion of male superiority.

Drawing on extensive historical and cross-cultural research, Eleanor Burke Leacock shows that claims of male superiority are based on carefully constructed falsehoods. She demonstrates that the oppression of women has specific historical and material roots, and that far from accepting their lot, women across cultures have challenged attempts to denigrate or isolate their labor and roles in society. By documenting numerous historical examples of egalitarian gender relations, Leacock shows us that women's oppression is far from natural and that it can be overcome.

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"The volume is a major synthesis of the rapidly developing field of the anthropology of women . . . highly recommended, both as a critically presented state-of-the-art discussion and as an account of how one's personal/political history informs the process of scientific inquiry."-Choice "Leacock holds a position of prominence in the field of gender studies . . . her writings provide a major theoretical framework for linking gender analysis to to the analysis of society."-CSWSR, CUNY

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ISBN-13:
9780853455370
Publisher:
Monthly Review Press
Publication date:
07/01/1982
Pages:
344

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Eleanor Burke Leacock (1922-1987) was well known for her ethnographic work among primitive societies, and her research is still a formative influence among feminist anthropologists.

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