A cross-cultural study of gender roles and relationships, this book presents a synthesis of a wide range of ethnographic and historical data concerning the roles of women and men in wide range of different kinds of societies--with a focus on both material conditions and ideological valuations that affect and reflect cultural models of gender. First looks at the impact of material conditions on gender roles: Foragers; Farmers; Agricultural States; Industrial Economy: The United States; and Women and Global Economic Development. Then explores ideological constraints on gender constructs: Gender and the Body; Gender and Religion; Gender and Language. For anyone interested in gender roles from an anthropological, sociological, and psychological perspective.
In this update to the 1995 edition, the author presents anthropological studies of 18 cultures<-->from traditional foraging band and tribal societies to the industrial economy of the US<-->of the divergent impact of material conditions and ideological constraints on the social category of gender roles. Glossary. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.