Basque Gender Studies

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University of Nevada Press, 2003 - Social Science - 371 pages
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Bullen provides an overview of gender theory, then focuses on Basque women as agents of cultural transmission in the context of the nationalist movement, and in the diaspora. The myths surrounding Basque matriarchy and the extent of women's rule fixed in a mythical past are questioned. While the powerful mother figure has a vital role in handing down Basque language and culture, contemporary women are also breaking old stereotypes and carving out new niches for themselves, at times coming into conflict with the force of tradition. Distributed for the Center for Basque Studies.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
INTRODUCTION TO GENDER THEORY 1 Womens studies to gender studies
11
The natureculture debate
27
Gender and status
35
The current status of gender studies
45
BASQUE WOMEN FROM FARM TO FACTORY 5 Women in traditional Basque society
57
The gender division of labor
68
Women and change
83
FAMILY SOCIETY AND POLITICS 13 Making models
169
Women and cultural transmission
182
Women and nationalism
197
Women in the diaspora
215
RITUALS TRADITIONS AND FESTIVALS 17 Ritual tradition and change
226
Basque women and ritual
235
Changing the gender of festivals
252
Gender and space
271

Gender science and technology
97
POWER MATRIARCHY AND MYTH 9 Concepts of power
111
The matriarchal thesis
125
The myth of Mari
136
Magic and witchcraft
152
BASQUE FEMINISM AND GENDER STUDIES 21 Women in twentiethcentury Spain
279
The Basque feminist movement
293
Basque gender studies
312
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