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The Resource Female power and male dominance: on the origins of sexual inequality, [by] Peggy Reeves Sanday

Female power and male dominance: on the origins of sexual inequality, [by] Peggy Reeves Sanday

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Female power and male dominance: on the origins of sexual inequality
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Female power and male dominance: on the origins of sexual inequality
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[by] Peggy Reeves Sanday
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eng
Summary
In this book, Professor Peggy Sanday provides a ground-breaking examination of power and dominance in male-female relationships. How does the culturally approved interaction between the sexes originate? Why are women viewed as a necessary part of political, economic, and religious affairs in some societies but not in others? Why do some societies clothe sacred symbols of creative power in the guise of one sex and not of the other? Professor Sanday offers solutions to these cultural puzzles by using cross-cultural research on over 150 tribal societies. She systematically establishes the full range of variation in male and female power roles and then suggests a theoretical framework for explaining this variation. Rejecting the argument of universal female subordination, Professor Sanday argues that male dominance is not inherent in human relations but is a solution to various kinds of cultural strain. Those who are thought to embody, be in touch with, or control the creative forces of nature are perceived as powerful. In isolating the behavioural and symbolic mechanisms which institute male dominance, professor Sanday shows that a people's secular power roles are partly derived from ancient concepts of power, as exemplified by their origin myths. Power and dominance are further determined by a people's adaptation to their environment, social conflict, and emotional stress. This is illustrated through case studies of the effects of European colonialism, migration, and food stress, and supported by numerous statistical associations between sexual inequity and various cultural stresses. -- Back cover
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Sanday, Peggy Reeves
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • Sex role
  • Cross-cultural studies
Label
Female power and male dominance: on the origins of sexual inequality, [by] Peggy Reeves Sanday
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-283) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Scripts for male dominance
  • Eve's transgression, God's punishment, and female power: the Hausa
  • The merging and splitting of animals, mothers, and males: the Mundurucu
  • Nullifying female power: the Papagoes
  • The fierce people: the Yanomamo
  • The psychological bedrock
  • Constructing sex-role plans
  • The environmental context of metaphors for sexual identities
  • Gender symbolism in creation stories: inward females and outward males
  • Male parenting and creation symbolism
  • Plans for sex-role behavior
  • The role of environment
  • Environment, origin beliefs, and history
  • Reflections of social life and thought in origin stories
  • Plans for the sexual division of labor
  • The kinds of activities that are universally allocated to males
  • The cultural patterning of work
  • A third cultural configuration: the dual-sex orientation
  • Sex-role plans and configurations of culture
  • Blood, sex, and danger
  • The body as symbol
  • Scripts for female power
  • The body in society and nature: the Andaman Islanders
  • Fluctuating food, warfare, and fear of fluxing women: the Bellacoola
  • Pollution of menstrual blood and sexual intercourse
  • Male and female worlds
  • The women's world
  • From "the complete perfect unity": the Balinese
  • The creative grandmother of the primeval sea: the Semang
  • Father, mother, lover, friend: the Mbuti
  • The mother of the earth beings who fell from the sky: the Iroquois
  • One couple from the sky and one couple from the earth: the Ashanti
  • The female creative principle
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 295 pages
Isbn
9780521236188
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Female power and male dominance: on the origins of sexual inequality, [by] Peggy Reeves Sanday
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-283) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Scripts for male dominance
  • Eve's transgression, God's punishment, and female power: the Hausa
  • The merging and splitting of animals, mothers, and males: the Mundurucu
  • Nullifying female power: the Papagoes
  • The fierce people: the Yanomamo
  • The psychological bedrock
  • Constructing sex-role plans
  • The environmental context of metaphors for sexual identities
  • Gender symbolism in creation stories: inward females and outward males
  • Male parenting and creation symbolism
  • Plans for sex-role behavior
  • The role of environment
  • Environment, origin beliefs, and history
  • Reflections of social life and thought in origin stories
  • Plans for the sexual division of labor
  • The kinds of activities that are universally allocated to males
  • The cultural patterning of work
  • A third cultural configuration: the dual-sex orientation
  • Sex-role plans and configurations of culture
  • Blood, sex, and danger
  • The body as symbol
  • Scripts for female power
  • The body in society and nature: the Andaman Islanders
  • Fluctuating food, warfare, and fear of fluxing women: the Bellacoola
  • Pollution of menstrual blood and sexual intercourse
  • Male and female worlds
  • The women's world
  • From "the complete perfect unity": the Balinese
  • The creative grandmother of the primeval sea: the Semang
  • Father, mother, lover, friend: the Mbuti
  • The mother of the earth beings who fell from the sky: the Iroquois
  • One couple from the sky and one couple from the earth: the Ashanti
  • The female creative principle
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 295 pages
Isbn
9780521236188
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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