Polygamy: A Cross-Cultural Analysis

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A&C Black, 15 мая 2008 г. - Всего страниц: 206

Forms of plural marriage, or polygamy, are practiced within most of the world's cultures and religions. The amazing variation, versatility and adaptability of polygamy underscore that it is not just an exotic non-Western practice, but also exists in modern Western societies.

Polygamy: A Cross-Cultural Analysis provides an examination and analysis of historical and contemporary polygamy. It outlines polygamy's place in anthropological theory and its rich socio-cultural diversity in countries ranging from the US and UK to Malaysia, India, regions of Africa and Tibet.The book also addresses often difficult and controversial issues facing modern polygamists such as prejudice, HIV/AIDS and women's emancipation.

Polygamy: A Cross-Cultural Analysis offers an anthropological overview of the fascinating yet often misunderstood institution of polygamy.

 

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1 Forms of Polygamy
3
2 Foundations of Polygamy
21
3 Theories of Polygamy
41
Part II Polygamy Crossculturally
67
4 Muslim Polygyny in Malaysia
69
5 Christian Polygyny in the USA
89
6 Hindu Polyandry in India
109
Part III Living Polygamy
123
7 Polygamy and Gender
125
8 Polygamy and Modernity
145
9 Polygamy in Contemporary Societies
165
Notes
185
References
187
Ethnographic Index
201
Subject Index
203
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Miriam Zeitzen is an independent scholar.

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