Defining Females: The Nature of Women in Society

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März 1993



To what are we referring when we speak of women? What is the nature of women in society; what is the nature of women in society? These are the central questions of this classic text which looks at areas ranging from England and Greece to Mongolia and Africa. The authors - anthropologists, sociologists, ethnologists, neurologists and psychologists - consider the structural position of women; how they are defined by reference to physiological and social markers, and how they are required to behave. They also consider ways in which different cultures identify and deal with such natural' aspects of women as virginity, sexuality and childbearing. The broad variety of geographical perspectives reveals dissimilar as well as similar ideas about women - in their use of language and of space, matrifocality, and life trajectories.


S. Ardener, Introduction - K. Hastrup, The Semantics of Biology: Virginity - R. Hirschon, Open Body/Closed Space: The transformation of Female Sexuality - C. Humphrey, Women, Taboo and the Suppression of Attention - J. Okely, Privileged, Schooled and Finished: Boarding Education for Girls - W. James, Matrifocus on African Women - H. Callaway, 'The Most Essentially Female Function of All': Giving Birth - H. Callan, Harems and Overlords: Biosocial Models and the Female - S. Macdonald, The Socialisation of Nature; The Naturalisation of the Social


Mrs Shirley Ardener Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women,University of Oxford


'...useful to anyone interested in the cross-cultural study of women, anthropologically, geographically or politically.'Newsletter of the African Studies Association of Australia and the Pacific'... [a] historiographic landmark in feminist cultural analysis.'Gender, Place and Culture
EAN: 9780854967278
ISBN: 0854967273
Untertitel: Second. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 1993
Seitenanzahl: 224 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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