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Fruit of the Motherland: Gender in an Egalitarian Society

 
 
 
 
Fruit of the Motherland: Gender in an Egalitarian Society
Author: Maria Lepowsky
ISBN 13: 9780231081214
ISBN 10: 231081219
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: 1993-12-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 383
List Price: $37.00
 
 

An ethnographic study of how gender is negotiated in Vanatinai, a small matrilineal island near New Guinea.

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Lepowsky deals evenhandedly with topics of primary concern to islanders -subsistence, life passages, sorcery, relations with the dead and with spirits, exchange, and power -presenting general analyses through specific incidents. This ethnography is important as a touchstone for accounts of Melanesian societies and for theories of gender relations.