Women at the Center: Life in a Modern Matriarchy / Edition 1

Women at the Center: Life in a Modern Matriarchy / Edition 1

by Peggy Reeves Sanday, Mita Choudhury
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801489067

ISBN-13: 9780801489068

Pub. Date: 02/15/2004

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Contrary to the declarations of some anthropologists, matriarchies do exist. Peggy Reeves Sanday first went to West Sumatra in 1981, intrigued by reports that the matrilineal Minangkabau—one of the largest ethnic groups in Indonesia—label their society a matriarchy. Numbering some four million in West Sumatra, the Minangkabau are known in Indonesia for their

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Contrary to the declarations of some anthropologists, matriarchies do exist. Peggy Reeves Sanday first went to West Sumatra in 1981, intrigued by reports that the matrilineal Minangkabau—one of the largest ethnic groups in Indonesia—label their society a matriarchy. Numbering some four million in West Sumatra, the Minangkabau are known in Indonesia for their literary flair, business acumen, and egalitarian, democratic relationships between men and women. Sanday uses her repeated visits to West Sumatra in the closing decades of the twentieth century as the basis for a new definition of matriarchy. From the vantage point of daily life in villages, especially one where she developed close personal ties, Sanday's narrative is centered on how the Minangkabau conceive of their world and think humans should behave, along with the practices and rituals they claim uphold their matriarchate. Women at the Center leaves the reader with a solid sense of the respect for women that permeates Minangkabau culture, and gives new life to the concept of matriarchy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801489068
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
02/15/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
890,482
Product dimensions:
5.69(w) x 8.94(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Introduction: Coming Home, 19961
I"Nature Is Our Teacher"
1Adat Matriarchaat as a World View15
2The Divine Queens32
IIDiscovering Belubus
3Looking toward Mt. Merapi51
4Diversity in Daily Life63
IIICelebrating Life
5Discovering Adat Ibu79
6Eggi Becomes Minangkabau87
7Exchanging Husbands and Bananas100
8Negotiating Marriage118
9Getting Married131
10Songs and the Performance of Desire149
IVHow Men Uphold Matrilineal Adat
11Being and Becoming a Penghulu173
12Death of a Penghulu, Reprimand of Another188
VMillennial Musings
13Adat in the Twenty-first Century207
14Redefining Matriarchy225
Notes241
Glossary255
Bibliography261
Index267

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