Basque Gender Studies

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University of Nevada Press, 2003 - Social Science - 371 pages
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

BASQUE WOMEN FROM FARM TO FACTORY
57
The gender division of labor
68
POWER MATRIARCHY AND MYTH
111
The myth of Mari
136
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152
FAMILY SOCIETY AND POLITICS
169
Women and nationalism
197
Women in the diaspora
215
RITUALS TRADITIONS AND FESTIVALS
226
Basque women and ritual
235
Changing the gender of festivals
252
Gender and space
271
BASQUE FEMINISM AND GENDER STUDIES
279
Basque gender studies
312
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