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Sambia Sexual Culture : Essays from the Field - Gilbert H. Herdt

Sambia Sexual Culture

Essays from the Field

Paperback Published: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9780226327525
Number Of Pages: 334

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Few cultures have received as much attention in the study of erotic desire, sexuality, and gender as the Sambia of Papua New Guinea. Here, for the first time, is a collection of groundbreaking essays and a new introduction on the Sambia's sexual culture by the renowned anthropologist Gilbert Herdt.
Over the course of 20 years, Herdt made 13 field trips to live with the Sambia in order to understand sexuality and ritual in the context of warfare and gender segregation. Herdt's essays examine Sambia fetish and fantasy, ritual nose-bleeding, the role of homoerotic insemination, the role of the father and mother in the process of identity formation, and the creation of a "third sex" in nature and culture. He also discusses the representation of homosexuality in cross-cultural literature on premodern societies, arguing that scholars have long viewed desires through the tropes of negative western models. Herdt asks us to reconsider the realities and subjective experiences of desires in their own context, and to rethink how the homoerotic is expressed in radically divergent sexual cultures.

Introduction: Sexual Cultures, Strange and Familiar
Songs in the Key of Life
Sambia Sexual Culture
Fetish and Fantasy in Sambia Initiation
Sambia Nosebleeding Rites and Male Proximity to Females
Semen Depletion and the Sense of Maleness
Father Presence and Ritual Homoeroticism: Paternal Deprivation and Masculinity in Melanesia Reconsidered
Developmental Discontinuities and Sexual Orientation across Cultures
Mistaken Sex: Culture, Biology, and the Third Sex in New Guinea
Representations of "Homosexuality": Cultural Ontology and Historical Comparison
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ISBN: 9780226327525
ISBN-10: 0226327523
Series: Worlds of Desire S.
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 334
Published: 1st January 1999
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.44