Solanaceae, Biology and Systematics

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Columbia University Press, 1986 - Nature - 603 pages
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This book explores the puzzling phenomenon of new veiling practices among lower middle class women in Cairo, Egypt. Although these women are part of a modernizing middle class, they also voluntarily adopt a traditional symbol of female subordination. How can this paradox be explained?

An explanation emerges which reconceptualizes what appears to be reactionary behavior as a new style of political struggle--as accommodating protest. These women, most of them clerical workers in the large government bureaucracy, are ambivalent about working outside the home, considering it a change which brings new burdens as well as some important benefits. At the same time they realize that leaving home and family is creating an intolerable situation of the erosion of their social status and the loss of their traditional identity. The new veiling expresses women's protest against this. MacLeod argues that the symbolism of the new veiling emerges from this tense subcultural dilemma, involving elements of both resistance and acquiescence.

  

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Contents

Solanaceae of Mesoamerica
15
The Affinities of Anthocerci s Solanaceae and Related Genera
27
A Review of the Genus Solanum in Africa
41
Studies of the Subtribe Hyoscyaminae in China
56
Solanaceae in China
79
The Classification of the Nolanaccae
86
Comparative Morphology and Anatomy
97
Seed and Seed Coat Characters in Australian Nicotiana
114
Herbivory and Defense
303
Systematic Significance of Variations in Defense Chemistry
328
Specificity of Certain Chrysomelid Beetles for Solanaceae
345
Nymphalidae
364
Origin and Distinctions of Domesticates
379
Jaltomata and the Tarahumara Indian Region of Northern
405
Relationships of Domesticated and Wild Physalis philadelphica
416
Origins and Domestication of the Scarlet Eggplant Solanum
433

Pollen Studies in the Cestreae Solanaceae
138
Epidermal Studies in the Solanum nigrum Complex in Nigeria
159
Comparative Chemistry
177
Steroidal Alkaloids of the Solanaceae
201
Isolation Structural Elucidation and Function of the
223
Reproductive Biology of Solanum Section Geminata in a
253
Evolution of Dioecy in an American Solanum
264
Andromonoecy in Solanum
284
An Isozyme Approach
457
Reproductive Isolation in the Lycopersicon peruvianum Complex
477
Worldwide Distribution of the Wild Plant Solanum marginatum
496
Ten Years of Progress
533
Incompatability Transformation and Genetic Manipulation
553
The Human Interaction
567
Our Ascorbate Defense Against the Solanaceae
569
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Régis Debray is professor of philosophy in the Faculté de Lettres at the Université de Lyon III. Founder and editor of Les Cahiers de médiologie, former aide to president François Mitterand, erstwhile associate of Che Guevara, and captive cause célèbre in Bolivia (1967--1970), he is the author of numerous books, including Media Manifestos: On the Technological Transmission of Cultural Forms; Charles de Gaulle: Futurist of the Nation; Against Venice; Revolution in the Revolution?; and Teachers, Writers, Celebrities: The Intellectuals of Modern France. His political memoir, Blessed Be Our Gods, is forthcoming.

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