Ritualized Homosexuality in Melanesia
Gilbert H. Herdt
University of California Press, 1993 - Social Science - 409 pages
This book contains the work of seven leading anthropologists on the subject of ritualized homosexuality, and it marks the first time that anthropologists have systematically studied cross-cultural variations in homosexual behavior in a non-Western culture area. The book as a whole indicates that contemporary theories of sex and gender development need revision in light of the Melanesian findings.
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