A World Full of Women

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2008-02-27
  • Publisher: Pearson
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This revision ofA World Full of Womenwill appeal to instructors and students in anthropology, or any discipline looking for an engaging, cross-cultural 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. Co-author, Monica Edelstein, adds a wealth of ethnographic experience, research, and activism with women of North Africa, the Middle East, and the United States, particularly immigrants, refugees, and healers. Another reviewer describes this text as "one of the few books that analyzes cultures through a gender lenshellip;the book tackles and successfully dismisses many cultural-sexist illusions. . ."

Table of Contents

Supplementsp. xiii
Reviewer Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Old Words and New-Realitiesp. 2
Where We're Coming Fromp. 3
Where to Begin and What Followsp. 6
Speaking of Womenp. 8
Tender Trap or Super Woman?p. 9
Code Switchingp. 10
Talking Troubles and Carrying Conversationsp. 12
Loss and Lamentationp. 13
Some Books That Changed Our Livesp. 14
"What's for Dinner Honey?": Work and Genderp. 16
Work: The First Fact of Lifep. 17
"What's for Dinner?": Gender and Practical Economicsp. 20
Hunting, Gathering, and Being Humanp. 20
The Pot-Luck Principlep. 21
Honey, Meat, and Babiesp. 22
Tools with a Feminine Twistp. 23
Planting and Harvesting: The Next Revolutionp. 25
Digging Sticksp. 25
Plowsp. 26
Distaffsp. 27
Peasantsp. 29
Off to Work We Gop. 30
Home-Workp. 32
Marriage as Workp. 32
Mother-Workp. 34
Kin-Workp. 36
Sex-Workp. 37
Work and a Revolutionp. 38
Value, Valued, and Valuablep. 39
Interpreting Food, Work, and the Facts of Lifep. 41
A Few of the Many Books You May Want to Readp. 42
Love and the Work of Culturep. 44
More Than Personal Livesp. 45
The Personal Is Professionalp. 47
Husbands, Lovers, and Fieldworkp. 48
More Love, Husbands, and Fieldworkp. 50
Sex and Temperamentp. 52
The Arapeshp. 53
The Mundugumorp. 55
The Tchambulip. 58
Situations on the Sepikp. 60
Daughters of Sex and Temperamentp. 61
Beyond the Sepikp. 63
Intimacy and the World Stagep. 64
Conclusion: Their Last Great Workp. 67
So Many Books: Where Can I Start?p. 68
Blood and Milk: Biocultural Markers in the Lives of Womenp. 69
Where Biology and Culture Meet in the Bodies of Womenp. 70
Moonstruck Maidenhood: Taboo and Meaningp. 70
Prime Time or Dirty Old Ladiesp. 74
Desire and Controlp. 76
Techniques and Methodsp. 77
Recipes and Recommendationsp. 78
Pilgrims for Pregnancyp. 81
Abortionp. 83
Infanticide and Social Birthp. 84
Comparative Childbirthp. 87
Midwife and Motherp. 87
More Facts of Life-Givingp. 89
Motherhood and Fetal Subjectsp. 91
To Test or Not to Test?: A Case Studyp. 93
Social Women in Biological Bodies: Some Conclusionsp. 96
Some Very Important Books to Readp. 97
Patterns of Partnering from Romance to Resistancep. 98
Varieties of Arrangementsp. 99
The Five Fires of the Longhousep. 100
"Mother-Centered" Models in the Caribbeanp. 102
Beyond the Virgin Mary in Latin Americap. 106
Duties and Obediences in Chinap. 109
A Circle of Wives: African Experiencesp. 111
Love Marriages and Lavish Weddingsp. 115
Reading from Romance to Resistancep. 120
Everyday Power: Women's Agency, Authority, and Influencep. 121
Rethinking Women's Powerp. 122
Minangkabau Matriarchsp. 123
West African Market Queensp. 127
From Respet to Co-op: Shifting Sources of Power among the Zapotecp. 128
Migrants, Immigrants, and Refugees: Crossing the Boundaries of Domestic Powerp. 132
New Levels of Domestic Authority: Japanese Homes Abroadp. 132
Dirty Nurses and Domestic Patriarchs: The Saga of the Keralite Immigrantsp. 135
Palestinian Women Create Powerful Spacesp. 138
Conclusions from One End of the Power Spectrum to the Otherp. 141
Powerful Books to Readp. 141
A Two-Bodied World: Cultural Systems for Separating Females and Malesp. 143
Amazon: Women of the Forest and the Flutesp. 145
The Mythic Past of the Mundurucup. 145
The Ethnographic Presentp. 146
The Future Arrivedp. 148
Melanesia: Birth and Semenp. 149
Blood Fears and Womb Envyp. 150
Looped String Bagsp. 152
Wok Meri: "Mothers of Money"p. 154
Islamic Middle East: Veiled Separationsp. 155
Bedouin Veilsp. 158
Female Faces and Female Spacesp. 160
Harems and Other Female Worldsp. 161
Conclusions: What Do Systems of Separation Mean?p. 163
Check Out These Booksp. 164
A Third Sex?: Gender as Alternative or Continuump. 165
Making Out and Making Up Sexes and Gendersp. 167
Biological Sex and Intersexesp. 167
Social and Cultural Gendersp. 169
Objects of Our Desiresp. 170
Crossing Over and Cross-Dressingp. 171
Military Maidsp. 171
Intersexed Children: A Case for Considerationp. 173
When Boys Will Be Girlsp. 175
Neither Woman nor Man: Hijras of Indiap. 175
Two-Spirits in Native North Americap. 177
Females, a Man-Woman, and Zuni Pueblop. 179
A Fourth Sex? Cross-Gendered Femalesp. 181
Gone-to-the-Spiritsp. 182
The Cultures of Women-with-Womenp. 183
Conclusions beyond the Categories of Sex, Gender, and Desirep. 186
Important Books beyond the Natural Attitudep. 187
Life's Lesions: Suffering and Healingp. 189
Women's Woundsp. 191
Paths to Authorityp. 192
Gendering Religionsp. 193
Healers and Healingp. 198
Midwiferyp. 200
A Healer by Tradep. 201
Visiting Spiritsp. 202
Ritualized Rebellions and Extraordinary Emotionsp. 203
From Housewife to Shamanp. 205
Wombs and Woundsp. 206
To Concludep. 210
A Field Full of Books to Readp. 211
Who Owns Her Body?: Challenges to Cultural Relativismp. 212
Human Rights and Cultural Relativismp. 214
The "Nature" of Violencep. 215
A Worldwide Case: Wife Beating and Wife Batteringp. 217
Another Worldwide Case: International Sexual Servicesp. 220
Sexual Tourismp. 220
Rape on a University Campusp. 224
Disappeared and Endangered Daughtersp. 226
Genital Cuttingp. 229
Women's Rights and Critical Cultural Relativismp. 231
Books to Empower Usp. 234
Jnvisible Workers: Women as the Earth's Last Colonyp. 235
Characteristics of Women's Lives in the Last Colonyp. 237
Forever Workingp. 238
Death and Poor Healthp. 240
International Strategies for Solving the Problem(s) of Womenp. 242
High Fashions for Low Incomesp. 242
Work and Housewifizationp. 243
Housework Revisitedp. 244
Working Daughters: The Feminization of Factoriesp. 246
A Marxist-Feminist Thinks about Women and Workp. 248
Eleanor Leacockp. 249
Women's Powers as the Roots of Grassp. 251
Mothers, Family Values, and the Militaryp. 252
Self-Employed, Organized, and Cooperativep. 254
Conclusions in the Post-Modern Mannerp. 256
Reading, Writing, and Resistancep. 260
Glossaryp. 263
Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 283
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