Same-Sex Cultures and Sexualities: An Anthropological Reader demonstrates the centrality of the complicated relationship of sex, gender, and sexuality to theories of human behaviors and practices. Although heterosexuality has been interrogated and demystified, it retains normative dominance. By drawing on the multiple fresh and illuminating perspectives of anthropology, this landmark collection moves beyond other lesbian and gay studies readers by presenting a broader view of the significance of studying same-sex cultures and sexualities by presenting the lives of a range of individuals across cultural and temporal domains. Same-Sex Cultures and Sexualities offers readings from all four subfields of anthropology: cultural, biological, linguistic, and archaeological (along with historical and applied anthropology), and includes discussion of biotechnology and bioethics, health and illness, language, ethnicity, identity, politics, post/colonialism, kinship, development, and policymaking.
"It is volumes like this one that allow us to see all sortsof new connections and possibilities. The vibrant thematiccoherence of these articles is intellectually exciting, and one cangenuinely say that, in this volume, the whole is far greater thanthe sum of its parts. It is a particular strength that the articlescome from across the anthropological subfields."
Margaret Conkey, University of California, Berkeley
"An exquisite collection! The ethnographic reach andtheoretical sophistication of this reader ensure that it isdestined to become a classic reference and an indispensable toolfor teaching. In addition to its contributions to the study ofsame-sex cultures, it boldly articulates anthropology'sspecial claims and unique role in the study of humansexualities."
Gayle Rubin, University of Michigan
"An exceptionally coherent collection, with uniformlystrong contributions. Same-Sex Cultures and Sexualities is alucid demonstration of the ways that research on same-sexsexualities has intervened in and redefined core problems anddebates in anthropology and history."
Mary Hancock, University of California, Santa Barbara
Part 1: Anthropology?s Sexual Fields.
1. ?Anthropology rediscovers sexuality: A theoretical comment.? (Carole Vance).
2. ?Biological determinism and homosexuality.? (Bonnie Spanier).
3. ?Feminisms, queer theories, and the archaeological study of past sexualities.? (Barbara Voss).
4. ?No.? (Don Kulick).
5. ?Resources for lesbian ethnographic research in the lavender archives.? (Alisa Klinger).
Part 2: Problems and Propositions.
6. ?Erotic anthropology: ?ritualized homosexuality? in Melanesia and beyond.? (Deborah Elliston).
7. ?Gender, genetics, and generation: reformulating biology in lesbian kinship.? (Corinne Hayden).
8. ?Transsexualism: reflections on the persistence of gender and the mutability of sex.? (Judith Shapiro).
9. ?Problems encountered in writing the history of sexuality: Sources, theory and interpretation.? (Estelle B. Freedman and John D?Emilio).
Part 3: Ethics, Erotics and Exercises .
10. ?Choosing the sexual orientation of children.? (Edward Stein).
11. ?Yoshiya Nobuko: Out and outspoken in practice and prose.? (Jennifer Robertson).
12. ?Outing as performance/outing as resistance: a queer reading of Austrian (homo)sexualities.? (Matti Bunzl).
13. ?Tombois in West Sumatra: constructing masculinity and erotic desire.? (Evelyn Blackwood).
14. ?Freeing South Africa: the ?modernization? of male-male sexuality in Soweto.? (Donald Donham).
15. ?Gay organizations, NGOs, and the globalization of sexual identity: the case of Bolivia.? (Timothy Wright).
Series: Blackwell Readers in Anthropology
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 24th September 2004
Publisher: BLACKWELL PUBL
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.49 x 17.02 x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 1