Sisters and Wives: The Past and Future of Sexual Equality

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University of Illinois Press, 1979 - Social Science - 274 pages
Extrait de l'introduction : "The search for women's overall ar fundamental position long ago ar far wawy is an outcome of the confrontation between social darwinist anthropology and the feminist and socialist movements over sexism here and now. ... Women have been fighting for equl rights for well over one hundred years. The center of the struggle lies in changing institutionalized pattterns of behaviors and allocations of social roles. All behavior is informed and shaped by ideas, by way of seeing the world, as well as by standards for what is right and wrong, moral and immoral. A marxist and feminist anthropology can affrim the reality of equality in other times and places and increase our understanding of how to obtain such a social order for ourselves. This book is an attempt to develop such a way of seeing and of informing our actions."
 

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Contents

Anthropology against Women
24
The Case against Universal Subordination
65
Sisters Wives and Mode of Production I
96
Mbuti
125
Lovedu
139
Mpondo
163
Mode of Production II Sex and Class
193
Buganda
198
Sisters and Rulers in West Africa
216
Conclusions
242
Bibliography
253
Index
269
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