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Defining females : The nature of women in - Shirley Ardener

Defining females

The nature of women in

Paperback Published: 1st March 1993
ISBN: 9780854967278
Number Of Pages: 228

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Second, Revised Edition 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.

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'...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

The Semantics of Biology: Virginity
Open Body/Closed Space: The transformation of Female Sexuality
Women, Taboo and the Suppression of Attention
Schooled and Finished: Boarding Education for Girls
Matrifocus on African Women
The Most Essentially Female Function of All': Giving Birth
Harems and Overlords: Biosocial Models and the Female
The Socialisation of Nature
The Naturalisation of the Social
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ISBN: 9780854967278
ISBN-10: 0854967273
Series: Cross-cultural Perspectives on Women
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 1st March 1993
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 2