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The gender of the gift : problems with women and problems with society in Melanesia / Marilyn Strathern
Bib ID 8178564
Format OtherOther
Author
Strathern, Marilyn
 
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Description Berkeley : University of California Press, c1988 
xv, 422 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0520064232
0520072022
Series

Studies in Melanesian anthropology ; 6.

Summary

Annotation. 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<i>The Gender of the Gift</i>one of the most sustained critiques of cross-cultural comparison that anthropology has seen, and one of its most spirited vindications.

Notes

Includes index.

Bibliography: p. 387-405.

Subjects Melanesians -- Social life and customs.  |  Women -- Melanesia -- Social conditions.  |  Feminism.  |  Sex role -- Melanesia.  |  Society Role of Women  |  Melanesia

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