Chopsticks Only Work in Pairs Gender Unity and Gender Equality among the Lahu of Southwestern China

ISBN-10: 0231119577
ISBN-13: 9780231119573
Edition: 2002
Authors: Shanshan Du
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/18/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Shanshan Du explores one of the few cultures in the world in which gender unity and gender equality prevail both in practice and in the belief system. The Lahu people of Southwestern China were practising such an enlightened social system long before the West ever heard of it.

Technical Notes
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Is There Any Gender-Egalitarian Society on Earth?
The Lahu People
Fieldwork Sites
Project Development and Methods
The Aim and Organization of the Book
Mythology and Ideology
"Everything Comes in Pairs": A Dyadic Worldview
"Both One and Two": Pairs as Dyads
Twin-Dyads in Origin Myths
The Preeminence of Dyads
Conclusion
Husband-Wife Dyads in the Life Cycle
The Wedding as the Rite of Passage to Adulthood
The Joint Journey of Married Couples in Life
The Reunion of Accomplished Couples in the Afterlife
Marginalizing Lone Souls
Blending Femininity and Masculinity in Gender Ideals
Conclusion
Joint Gender Roles
"Husband and Wife Do It Together": Unifying Gender in Labor
Procreation Ideologies
Pregnancy and Childbirth
Childrearing
"Work Hard to Eat"
Conclusion
"Male-Female Masters": Husband-Wife Dyads in Leadership
"Male-Female Masters of the Household"
Dyadic Leadership in Villages and Village Clusters
Conclusion
Structure and Antistructure
Unifying Gender in Kinship and Interhousehold Organization
Household Co-heads and Interhousehold Interactions
Conclusion
The Dysfunction and Collapse of Gender Dyads: Divorce, Elopement, and Love-Pact Suicide
Major Threats to Husband-Wife Dyads
The Collapse of Marriages
Conclusion
Conclusion: Rethinking Gender Equality
Gender Equality as Social Reality
The Cultural Particularity of Gender Equality
The Diversity of Gender Equality
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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