The Gender of the Gift: Problems with Women and Problems with Society in Melanesia
In the most original and ambitious synthesis yet undertaken in Melanesian scholarship, Marilyn Strathern argues that gender relations have been a particular casualty of unexamined assumptions held by Western anthropologists and feminist scholars alike. The book treats with equal seriousness—and with equal good humor—the insights of Western social science, feminist politics, and ethnographic reporting, in order to rethink the representation of Melanesian social and cultural life. This makes The Gender of the Gift one of the most sustained critiques of cross-cultural comparison that anthropology has seen, and one of its most spirited vindications.
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A Place in the Feminist Debate
Groups Sexual Antagonism in the New Guinea Highlands
Domains Male and Female Models
Power Claims and Counterclaims
Work Exploitation at Issue
Forms Which Propagate
Cause and Effect
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