Sex and Gender Hierarchies

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A generation of feminist research has explored the extent to which the roles - and expectations - of women and men vary across cultures. In this volume, leading anthropologists reflect on the evidence and theories, broadening the conventional field of comparison to include female/male relationships among non-human primates and introducing fresh case studies which range from lemurs to hominids, from Japanese peasants to male strippers in Florida, from skeletal remains of a Korean queen to mother/child ...
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Overview

A generation of feminist research has explored the extent to which the roles - and expectations - of women and men vary across cultures. In this volume, leading anthropologists reflect on the evidence and theories, broadening the conventional field of comparison to include female/male relationships among non-human primates and introducing fresh case studies which range from lemurs to hominids, from Japanese peasants to male strippers in Florida, from skeletal remains of a Korean queen to mother/child conversations in Samoa. They document the rich and often surprising diversity in sex and gender hierarchies among both humans and non-human primates.
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"Should you make room in your financial and time budgets to buy and read yet another volume of expanded, revised conference papers? In the case of Sex and Gender Hierarchies, the answer is a resounding yes if your research or teaching interests include sex differences and gender relationships in primates. This collection of 17 chapters drawn from the four subfields of anthropology, accomplishes what many such volumes only promise to do. It is an impressive analysis of a specific issue—systematic relationships of inequality based on sex and gender—from the perspectives of first-rate biological and social/cultural anthropologists, archaeologists, and linguists." Barbara J. King, International Journal of Primatology
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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of contributors
Preface
A note on the discussions at Mijas
Pt. 1 Overview and theoretical perspectives 1
1 The anthropology of sex and gender hierarchies 3
2 Sex differences and gender hierarchies among primates: an evolutionary perspective 32
3 The evolution of human gender hierarchies: a trial formulation 57
Pt. 2 Sex and gender hierarchies from conception to death 81
4 Blood: cultural effectiveness of biological conditions 83
5 Reproduction and gender hierarchy: amniocentesis in America 108
6 Variations in male-female dominance and offspring care in non-human primates 127
7 Indexing gender 146
8 The politics of polygyny in Mende education and child fosterage transactions 170
9 Sexual repression, social control, and gender hierarchy in Sambia culture 193
10 Primatological perspectives on gender hierarchies 212
11 Conjugal power in Tokugawa Japanese families: a matter of life or death 236
Pt. 3 Complexity and change in gender hierarchies 271
12 Skeletal evidence for sex roles and gender hierarchies in prehistory 273
13 Gender hierarchy and the queens of Silla 297
14 Gender hierarchy in Burma: cultural, social, and psychological dimensions 316
15 Turning the tables? Males strippers and the gender hierarchy in America 334
16 Women in Samoan history: a further critique of Derek Freeman 351
17 Sanskritization as female oppression in India 366
Index 393
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