Gender Diversity: Crosscultural Variations, Second Edition

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Waveland Press, Jan 22, 2014 - Social Science - 147 pages
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Anthropologist Serena Nanda has heralded the importance of understanding human similarities and differences throughout her writing and teaching career. This was especially evidenced in her groundbreaking work, Gender Diversity: Crosscultural Variations, a masterful, far-reaching examination of the relationships between sex, gender, and sexuality and how they are culturally constructed. Rich ethnographic examples representing nine cultures illuminate the need to analyze sex/gender roles and identities on the basis of broad cultural patterns and distinct cultural features, including social class, ethnicity, age, religion, urban or rural residence, and exposure to Western cultures. The latest edition incorporates new material on hijras in Bangladesh, three gender alternatives in Indonesia, and global changes related to migration, health, and communication. Concept-reinforcing questions have been added to each chapter. Gender Diversity, Second Edition encourages readers to think in new ways about what they consider natural, normal, or morally right. As a concise supplement with multidisciplinary appeal, the enhanced edition is sure to energize the undergraduate classroom.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter One Multiple Genders among Native Americans
11
Neither Man nor Woman in India and Bangladesh
27
Sexuality and Gender in Brazil
43
Chapter Four Liminal Gender Roles in Polynesia
57
Chapter Five Transgendered Males in Thailand and the Philippines
73
Bissu Waria and Lesbi
89
Chapter Seven SexGender Diversity in EuroAmerican Cultures
105
Chapter Eight Variations on a Theme
121
Glossary
129
Selected Films
131
References
133
Index
141
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