1st Edition

Androgynous Objects
String Bags and Gender in Central New Guinea

ISBN 9789057022708
Published April 1, 1998 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

Androgynous Objects explores the way meaning is encoded in material culture by focusing on the androgynous symbolism of the looped string bag, or bilum, of the Telefol people of Central New Guinea. The web of meanings 'woven' into the bag is shown to extend beyond women's lives and bodies. It is open to manipulation and reformation in a variety of contexts and is used by both Telefol women and men to explore, and so explain the complexities and ambiguities inherent in their social life.