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

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“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

This classic anthropological study debunks the many myths behind the idea of “natural” male superiority. Drawing on extensive historical and cross-cultural research, Eleanor Burke Leacock shows that claims of male superiority are based on carefully constructed myths with no factual historical basis. She also documents numerous historical examples of egalitarian gender relations.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931859578
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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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Table of Contents

Preface     1
Introduction: Engels and the History of Women's Oppression     13
Women in an Egalitarian Society: The Montagnais-Naskapi of Canada
The Montagnais-Naskapi     33
Status Among the Montagnais-Naskapi of Labrador     39
Montagnais Women and the Jesuit Program for Colonization     43
Matrilocality Among the Montagnais-Naskapi     63
Social Evolution: From Egalitarianism to Oppression
Introduction to Lewis Henry Morgan, Ancient Society, Parts I, II, III, IV     85
Women's Status in Egalitarian Society: Implications for Social Evolution     133
Review of Evelyn Reed, Women's Evolution     183
Myths of Male Dominance: Discussion and Debate
Society and Gender     197
Review of Margaret Mead, Male and Female     205
Structuralism and Dialectics     209
The Changing Family and Levi-Strauss, or Whatever Happened to Fathers?     222
Ideologies of Sex: Archetypes and Stereotypes Eleanor Leacock and June Nash     242
Review of Steven Goldberg, The Inevitability of Patriarchy Eleanor Leacock and Steven Goldberg     264
Social Behavior, Biology, and the Double Standard     280
Conclusion: Politics and the Ideology of Male Dominance
Political Ramifications of Engels' Argument on Women's Subjugation     305
Women, Development, and Anthropological Facts and Fiction     310
Bibliography     317
Index     335
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