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A World Full of Women (5th Edition)

A World Full of Women (5th Edition)
Author: Martha C. Ward - Monica D. Edelstein
ISBN 13: 9780205584550
ISBN 10: 205584551
Edition: 5
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 2008-03-08
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
List Price: $85.40

This revision of A World Full of Women will appeal to instructors and students in anthropology, or any discipline looking for an engaging, cross-cultural approach to the study of women. “Reading this book is like sitting down for an intellectually stimulating, yet thoroughly comfortable, chat with the authors,” according to one reviewer.

Written by an anthropologist who has taught undergraduates for more than 30 years and designed the first official women's studies course in Louisiana, this book has been fueled by the explosion of research on women since the 1970s. Co-author, Monica Edelstein, adds a wealth of ethnographic experience, research, and activism with women of North Africa, the Middle East, and the United States, particularly immigrants, refugees, and healers.

Another reviewer describes this text as “one of the few books that analyzes cultures through a gender lens…the book tackles and successfully dismisses many cultural-sexist illusions . . .”


A textbook for a elementary anthropology course introducing students to the role women play in many kinds of societies. Work and gender, love and culture, biocultural markers in women's lives, primates, and patterns of partnering are among the topics. Earlier editions appeared in 1996 and 1999. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)