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Sexual Meanings : The Cultural Construction of Gender and Sexuality - Sherry B. Ortner

Sexual Meanings

The Cultural Construction of Gender and Sexuality

By: Sherry B. Ortner (Editor), Harriet Whitehead (Editor)

Paperback Published: 8th March 1982
ISBN: 9780521283755
Number Of Pages: 446

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This 1996 collection of essays deals with the ways in which sex and gender are socially organized and conceptually construed in various cultures. Its scope is not limited to a series of cross-cultural issues of sex roles and sexual status but rather encompasses a wide range of sex-related practices and beliefs. Ceremonial virginity in Polynesian ritual androgynism in New Guinea, the valorization of young African bachelors, and fantasies of male self-sufficiency in South American myth are among the subjects discussed. Taken in their totality, these essays demonstrate that cultural notions sexuality and gender are seldom straightforward extrapolations of biological facts but are the outcome of social and cultural processes. The book is not only a compendium of symbolic approaches to gender but is also an important statement of the theoretical directions in anthropological research in this field.

List of contributors
Introduction: accounting for sexual meanings
The Cultural Organization of Gender
The gender revolution and the transition from bisexual horde to patrilocal band: the origins of gender hierarchy
The bow and the burden strap: a new look at institutionalized homosexuality in native North America
Transforming 'natural' woman: female ritual leaders and gender ideology among Bimin-Kuskusmin Fitz
Self-interest and the social good: some implications of Hagen gender imagery
Sexuality and gender in Samoa: conceptions and missed conceptions
Like wounded stags: male sexual ideology in an Analusian town
Pigs, women, and the men's house in Amazonia: an analysis of six MundurucĂș myths
The Political Contexts of Gender
Politics and gender in simple societies
Women, warriors, and patriarchs Melissa
Gender and sexuality in hierarchical societies: the case of Polynesia and some comparative implications
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ISBN: 9780521283755
ISBN-10: 0521283752
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 446
Published: 8th March 1982
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.34  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.61