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Cultural Alternatives and a Feminist Anthropology : An Analysis of Culturally Constructed Gender Interests in Papua New Guinea - Frederick Errington

Cultural Alternatives and a Feminist Anthropology

An Analysis of Culturally Constructed Gender Interests in Papua New Guinea

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Published: 11th December 1989
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The Chambri of Papua New Guinea are well known as being the "Tchambuli" of Margaret Mead's influential work, Sex and Temperament, in which she described them as people among whom, in contrast to Western society, women dominated over men. In this book, the authors analyze Mead's data and present original material to reveal that Mead misinterpreted the Chambri situation. In fact, Chambri women neither dominate men, nor vice versa. They use this reformulated interpretation to discuss the relevance of the Chambri case for the understanding of gender relations in Western society today, showing that male dominance is not inevitable. At the same time, they use their knowledge of cultural alternatives to clarify Western feminist objectives.

'This complex, brilliant work succeeds in breaking out of that ethnographic straitjacket by remaining inconclusive and perplexed in what it reveals: as much an image of American intellectual quandaries as Chambri ones, and neither in isolation.' Times Higher Education Supplement

List of illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Introduction: The promise of cultural alternativesp. 1
Cultural premisesp. 15
Entropy and the nature of indebtednessp. 17
Names and personal identityp. 31
The enactment of powerp. 44
The construction of societyp. 57
Social actionp. 69
Politics and the relationship between husbands and wivesp. 71
The mutual dependence of brothers and sistersp. 83
Marriage and the confluence of interestsp. 99
The monetization of social relationshipsp. 111
Conclusion: The significance of cultural alternativesp. 129
Notesp. 142
Referencesp. 173
Indexp. 181
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ISBN: 9780521375917
ISBN-10: 0521375916
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 11th December 1989
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.24  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.31