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World Full of Women, A

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Edition:
4th
ISBN13:

9780205454426

ISBN10:
0205454429
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2006
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon

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Summary

This revision of A World Full of Women will appeal to instructors and students in anthropology, or any discipline looking for a global approach to the study of women. Reading this book is like sitting down for an intellectually stimulating, yet thoroughly comfortable, chat with the authors, according to one reviewer. Written by an anthropologist who has taught undergraduates for more than 30 years and designed the first official women's studies course in Louisiana, this book has been fueled by the explosion of research on women since the 1970s. A new co-author, Monica Edelstein, brings to the Fourth Edition a wealth of ethnographic experience and research with peoples of North Africa and the Middle East. Another reviewer describes this text as one of the few books that analyzes cultures through a gender lensthe book tackles and successfully dismisses many cultural-sexist illusions . . .

Table of Contents

Supplements xi
Reviewer Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1(1)
Old Words and New Realities
2(1)
Where We're Coming From
3(2)
Where to Begin and What Follows
5(2)
Speaking of Women
7(1)
Tender Trap or Super Woman?
8(3)
Code Switching
9(2)
Talking Troubles and Carrying Conversations
11(2)
Loss and Lamentation
12(1)
Some Books That Changed Our Lives
13(2)
``What's for Dinner Honey?'': Work and Gender
15(28)
Work: The First Fact of Life
16(3)
``What's for Dinner?'': Gender and Practical Economics
19(5)
Hunting, Gathering, and Being Human
19(1)
The Pot-Luck Principle
20(1)
Honey, Meat, and Babies
21(1)
Tools with a Feminine Twist
22(2)
Planting and Harvesting: The Next Revolution
24(6)
Digging Sticks
24(2)
Plows
26(1)
Distaffs
26(2)
Peasants
28(2)
Off to Work We Go
30(8)
Home-Work
31(1)
Marriage as Work
32(1)
Mother-Work
33(2)
Kin-Work
35(1)
Sex-Work
36(1)
Work and a Revolution
37(1)
Value, Valued, and Valuable
38(2)
Interpreting Food, Work, and the Facts of Life
40(2)
A Few of the Many Books You May Want to Read
42(1)
Love and the Work of Culture
43(26)
More Than Personal Lives
44(2)
The Personal Is Professional
46(5)
Husbands, Lovers, and Fieldwork
48(1)
More Love, Husbands, and Fieldwork
49(2)
Sex and Temperament
51(8)
The Arapesh
52(2)
The Mundugumor
54(3)
The Tchambuli
57(2)
Situations on the Sepik
59(1)
Daughters of Sex and Temperament
60(2)
Beyond the Sepik
62(2)
Intimacy and the World Stage
64(2)
Conclusion: Their Last Great Work
66(1)
So Many Books: Where Can I Start?
67(2)
Blood and Milk: Biocultural Markers in the Lives of Women
69(30)
Where Biology and Culture Meet in the Bodies of Women
70(6)
Moonstruck Maidenhood: Taboo and Meaning
70(4)
Prime Time or Dirty Old Ladies
74(2)
Desire and Control
76(11)
Techniques and Methods
77(1)
Recipes and Recommendations
78(4)
Pilgrims for Pregnancy
82(1)
Abortion
83(1)
Infanticide and Social Birth
84(3)
Comparative Childbirth
87(4)
Midwife and Mother
87(2)
More Facts of Life-Giving
89(2)
Motherhood and Fetal Subjects
91(5)
To Test or Not to Test?: A Case Study
93(3)
Social Women in Biological Bodies: Some Conclusions
96(1)
Some Very Important Books to Read
97(2)
Primate Connections: How Natural Is Nature Anyway?
99(22)
Studying Chimpanzees
101(9)
Jane Goodall
102(1)
Flo
103(2)
The Dating Game
105(1)
Mothers and Daughters
106(2)
Sons, Lovers, and Others
108(2)
Studying Baboons
110(4)
Maternal Care and Friendships
110(1)
Primate Kinfolk
111(2)
More about Friendships
113(1)
Studying the Human Nature of Women and Men
114(2)
The Cultures of Breastfeeding
116(3)
Some Evolutionary or Revolutionary Books to Read
119(2)
Patterns of Partnering from Romance to Resistance
121(24)
Varieties of Arrangements
122(16)
The Five Fires of the Longhouse
123(2)
``Mother-Centered'' Models in the Caribbean
125(4)
Beyond the Virgin Mary in Latin America
129(3)
Duties and Obediences in China
132(2)
A Circle of Wives: African Experiences
134(4)
Love Marriages and Lavish Weddings
138(5)
Reading from Romance to Resistance
143(2)
A Two-Bodied World: Cultural Systems for Separating Females and Males
145(24)
Amazon: Women of the Forest and the Flutes
147(4)
The Mythic Past of the Mundurucu
147(1)
The Ethnographic Present
148(2)
The Future Arrived
150(1)
Melanesia Birth and Semen
151(7)
Blood Fears and Womb Envy
152(2)
Looped String Bags
154(3)
Wok Meri: ``Mothers of Money''
157(1)
Islamic Middle East: Veiled Separations
158(7)
Bedouin Veils
160(2)
Female Faces and Female Spaces
162(2)
Harems and Other Female Worlds
164(1)
Conclusions: What Do Systems of Separation Mean?
165(1)
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166(3)
A Third Sex: Gender as Alternative or Continuum
169(24)
Making Out and Making Up Sexes and Genders
171(4)
Biological Sex and Intersexes
171(2)
Social and Cultural Genders
173(1)
Objects of Our Desires
174(1)
Crossing Over and Cross-Dressing
175(2)
Military Maids
175(2)
Intersexed Children: A Case for Consideration
177(2)
When Boys Will Be Girls
179(2)
Neither Woman nor Man: Hijras of India
179(2)
Two-Spirits in Native North America
181(4)
Females, a Man-Woman, and Zuni Pueblo
183(2)
A Fourth Sex? Cross-Gendered Females
185(5)
Gone-to-the-Spirits
186(1)
The Cultures of Women-with-Women
187(3)
Conclusions beyond the Categories of Sex, Gender, and Desire
190(1)
Important Books beyond the Natural Attitude
191(2)
Life's Lesions: Suffering and Healing
193(24)
Women's Wounds
195(1)
Paths to Authority
196(1)
Gendering Religions
197(5)
Healers and Healing
202(4)
Midwifery
203(2)
A Healer by Trade
205(1)
Visiting Spirits
206(5)
Ritualized Rebellions and Extraordinary Emotions
207(2)
From Housewife to Shaman
209(2)
Wombs and Wounds
211(3)
To Conclude
214(1)
A Field Full of Books to Read
215(2)
Who Owns Her Body?: Challenges to Cultural Relativism
217(24)
Human Rights and Cultural Relativism
219(1)
The ``Nature'' of Violence
220(2)
A Worldwide Case: Wife Beating and Wife Battering
222(3)
Another Worldwide Case: International Sexual Services
225(5)
Sexual Tourism
226(4)
Case Study Number 1: Rape on a University Campus
230(1)
Case Study Number 2: Disappeared and Endangered Daughters
231(3)
Case Study Number 3: Genital Cutting
234(3)
Women's Rights and Critical Cultural Relativism
237(2)
Some Powerful Books to Empower Us
239(2)
Invisible Workers: Women as the Earth's Last Colony
241(28)
Characteristics of Women's Lives in the Last Colony
243(4)
Forever Working
245(1)
Death and Poor Health
246(1)
International Strategies for Solving the Problem(s) of Women
247(7)
High Fashions for Low Incomes
249(1)
Work and Housewifization
249(2)
Housework Revisited
251(1)
Working Daughters: The Feminization of Factories
252(2)
A Marxist-Feminist Thinks about Women and Work
254(3)
Eleanor Leacock
255(2)
Women's Powers as the Roots of Grass
257(6)
Mothers, Family Values, and the Military
258(2)
Self-Employed, Organized, and Cooperative
260(3)
Conclusions in the Post-Modern Manner
263(3)
Reading, Writing, and Resistance
266(3)
Glossary 269(8)
Bibliography 277(10)
Index 287


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