Carved Flesh / Cast Selves
Gendered Symbols and Social Practices
This volume, the first comprehensive overview of Scandinavian cross-cultural research on gender issues in the English language, addresses fundamental analytical issues currently debated within international feminist anthropology and beyond. Offering examples from a wide range of ethnographic settings, the essays show that gender comprises far more than sexual relationships: it takes on political significance insofar as it influences the distribution of resources and access to public and domestic spheres, to knowledge and to power.
Table of Contents
V. Broch-Due and I. Rudie, Carved Flesh/Cast Selves: An Introduction - M. Strathern, Making Incomplete - V. Broch-Due, Making and Meaning out of Matter: Perceptions of sex, gender and bodies among the Turkana - A. Talle, Transforming Women into `Pure' Agnates: Aspects of Female Infibulation in Somalia - A. Scrum, Encountering Femininity: The ontogenesis of Bedamini male selves - S. Lund Skar, Marry the Land, Divorce the Man: Quechua Marriage and the Problem of Individual Autonomy - T. Borchgrevink and J. Solheim, A Rotten Text? Gender, Food and Interpretation - I. Rudie, The Ritual work of Malay marriage as a field of debate - K. Sandborg, Malay Dress Symbolism - K. Ask, Ishq aur Mohabbat: Ideas about love and friendship in a northern Pakistani community - K. Siverts, I Did Not Marry Properly: The Meaning of Marriage Payments in Southern Mexico - M. Melhuus, I Want to Buy Me A Baby!: Some Reflections on Gender and Change in Modern Society - T. Bleie, The Search for Androgyny: Tracking Some of its Roots and Versions
Vigdis Broch-Due I. Rudie Department of Social Anthropology,University of Oslo Tone Bleie Chair, Michelsen's Institute, Bergen