Fruit of the Motherland Gender in an Egalitarian Society

ISBN-10: 0231081219

ISBN-13: 9780231081214

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Description: Challenging the portrayal of sexual inequality as a universal condition, Lepowsky presents a vivid account of Vanatinai, a matrilineal society in New Guinea. Contradticting scholars who consider sexual inequality a universal condition, Fruit of the Motherland reveals an exceptional society in which women have equivalent access to power and prestige and significant control over the means of production. Lepowsky presents an ethnography of Vanatinai, a matrilineal, decentralized society in New Guinea where there is no ideology of male dominance and women and men are considered fundamentally equal. tracing the life cycle of islanders of both sexes, she examines the role of gender in thye Vanatinai's: social life and history, religious philosophy and worldview, practice of ceremonial exchange and ritual. In addition, Fruit of the Motherland includes useful cross-cultural analysis of gender roles, ideologies, and power.

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Book details

List price: $38.00
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 2/24/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 383
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Preface
Maps
Island Encounters
Fruit of the Motherland
Island Lives
Ancestors and Other Spirits
Sorcerers and Witches
The Living, the Dead, and Relations of Value
Fruit of the Dead
Gender and Power
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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