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Sambia Ritual, Sexuality, and Change in Papua New Guinea

ISBN-10: 0534643833
ISBN-13: 9780534643836
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
Authors: Gilbert Herdt
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Description: This cultural and psychological study of gender identity and sexual development in a New Guinea Highlands society includes rich material on initiation rites and socialization studies, and contrasts the Sambia with other societies, including the  More...

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Book details

List price: $78.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 12/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.38" wide x 9.25" long x 0.31" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

This cultural and psychological study of gender identity and sexual development in a New Guinea Highlands society includes rich material on initiation rites and socialization studies, and contrasts the Sambia with other societies, including the United States. For example, Sambia boys experience ritualized homosexuality before puberty and continue this practice until marriage, after which homosexual activity is prohibited. The implications are developed cross-culturally and contextualized in gender literature. This new edition contains updated information about the Sambian ritualization and socialization of gender practices and will include a new chapter on sexuality, gender and social change among the Sambia.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
The Mountain Setting
The Landscape
Population Groupings
Hamlet Security Circle
Social Structure
Religion
Warfare and Cultural Life
"A War Is Going On"
Jerungdu and the Men's World
Marriage and Sexual Antagonism
Masculine Values and Gender Stereotypes
How War Was Waged
The Sambia Pacified
Sambia Social Individuals
Moondi
Kanteilo
Kaiyunango
Sakulambei
Penjukwi
Weiyu
Danny
The Men's Secret Society
Initiation for Strength
The Ecology of Initiation
The Initiation Cycle
Boys' Subjectivity at Initiation
Organizers and Spectators
The Initiations Begin
The Cult House Scene
Moondi's Decision
Third-Stage Initiation
Second-Stage Initiation
First-Stage Initiation
The Flute Ceremony
The Sexual Transition-The Boys' Initiation
The Remaining Festivities
The War Raid
Final Initiations: Marriage and Fatherhood
The Magical Age of 10, or Why Sambia Initiate Boys So Young
When It Begins
Hormones and Sexual Attraction
Development of Sexual Attraction in Sambia
Sexual Lifeways, Not Sexual Orientations
A Note on the Ancient Greeks
Sex/Gender, Power, and Social Inequality
Men Are the Sexual Objects
Categories of Hierarchy
Ritual Secrecy
Marriage and Social Inequality
Cultural Forms of Sexual Relationships
Women's Power and Sexual Agency
Boys' Sexual Agency and Social Oppression
Sexuality and Revolutionary Change
Post-Colonial Change
"Luv" Marriage-The Sexual Revolution
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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