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This lucid ethnographic study shows how a society can function without husbands or fathers. It sheds light on marriage and kinship, as well as on the position of women, the necessary conditions for the acquisition of identity, and the impact of a communist state on a society that it considers backward.
Posted December 30, 2012
This is a marvelous work of research on a society with fundamentally alternative traditions of family and sexual life. Cai Hua's study of Na culture (otherwise called the Moso) raises universal questions for our assumptions about love, marriage, and community.
--author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization