The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture / Edition 1

The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture / Edition 1

by Walter L. Williams
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0807046159
ISBN-13:
9780807046159
Pub. Date:
04/28/1992
Publisher:
Beacon Press
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The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture / Edition 1

Winner of the: Gay Book of the Year Award, American Library Association; Ruth Benedict Award, Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists; Award for Outstanding Scholarship, World Congress for Sexology

Author’s note: Shortly after the second revised edition this book was published in 1992, the term "Two-Spirit Person" became more popular among native people than the older anthropological term "berdache." When I learned of this new term, I began strongly supporting the use of this newer term. I believe that people should be able to call themselves whatever they wish, and scholars should respect and acknowledge their change of terminology. I went on record early on in convincing other anthropologists to shift away from use of the word berdache and in favor of using Two-Spirit. Nevertheless, because this book continues to be sold with the use of berdache, many people have assumed that I am resisting the newer term. Nothing could be further from the truth. Unless continued sales of this book will justify the publication of a third revised edition in the future, it is not possible to rewrite what is already printed, Therefore, I urge readers of this book, as well as activists who are working to gain more respect for gender variance, mentally to substitute the term "Two-Spirit" in the place of "berdache" when reading this text. — Walter L. Williams, Los Angeles, 2006

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ISBN-13: 9780807046159
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 04/28/1992
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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