Sex, Gender, and Kinship A Cross-Cultural Perspective

ISBN-10: 0132065339
ISBN-13: 9780132065337
Edition: 1997
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Description: Responding to a growing interest in the nature and place of family in society, this text looks at gender, families, family relationships and the role of larger kin groups from a cross-cultural perspective. It draws upon ethnographic accounts and  More...

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Book details

List price: $105.80
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 10/23/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Responding to a growing interest in the nature and place of family in society, this text looks at gender, families, family relationships and the role of larger kin groups from a cross-cultural perspective. It draws upon ethnographic accounts and cross-cultural studies to determine and illustrate possible characteristics and outcomes, highlight options that occur more or less frequently, andwhere possibleto account for choices made.

Introduction
Sexuality
Why Is Reproduction Sexual?
Sexuality in Primates
Culture Channels Sexuality
Gender, Division of Labor, and Social Behavior
Physical Differences Between Human Females and Males
Division of Labor by Gender
Gender and Personality
On the Status of Women
Marriage and other Mated Relationships
The Stable Mated Relationship
The Meaning of Marriage
Forms of Marriage: How Many Does One Marry?
Marriage and the Incest Taboo
Forbidden Sex: How Universal the Incest Taboo?
Explaining the Incest Taboo
Extension of the Incest Taboo
Cousin Marriage and the Incest Taboo
Other Marital Shoulds and Shouldn'ts
Getting Married
Courtship and Mate Selection
Transacting Marriage
Celebrating Marriage
The Marital Relationship
Sex within Marriage
To Be or Not to Be Close
Divorce and Remarriage
Divorce
Widows and Widowers
Marital Residence: Who Goes Where, Why, and What Are the Consequences?
Residence, Family, and Kin Groups
Marital Residence and the Place of Women
Determinants of Post-Marital Residence
Family and Household
Family Extension and Societal Complexity
Variation within Societies
Family and Household
Female-Focused Families
Other Implications of Family Variation
Desent Groups: Kinship Beyond the Family
Reckoning Descent
Why Do Descent Groups Develop?
Descent Group Structures
The Unlikely Chinese Descent Group
Reflections
The Gender Focus of Social Groups
The Culture of Violence
Societal Complexity and the Transformation of Kinship
Where Will It All End?
References
Index

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