The University of Oxford's Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women has a long and distinguished record of research and publications. Its volumes take up a wide range of current debates using comparative data and analysis of both past and contemporary experiences of women. Attention is given to practical, developmental issues as well as to analyses of the cultural systems and ideologies that further or constrain them. The series provides fresh perspectives on central themes and raises new questions in the context of a plurality of cultures.
Defining Females The Nature of Women in Society
Cross-Cultural Marriage Identity and Choice
By Shirley Ardener
August 04, 2021
Second, Revised EditionTo what are we referring when we speak of women? What is the nature of women in society; what is the nature of women in society? These are the central questions of this classic text which looks at areas ranging from England and Greece to Mongolia and Africa. The authors - ...
By Gail Campbell, Beverly Lemire, Ruth Pearson
March 01, 2002
Credit can be instrumental in equalizing opportunity and alleviating poverty, yet historically men and women have not had the same access. Partly because of this, women have been excluded from many previous economic histories. This book fills a significant gap in exploring the vexed relationship ...
By Ping-Chun Hsiung, Maria Jaschok, Cecilia Milwertz
November 01, 2001
In the process of helping women to help themselves, female activists have assumed a decisive role in negotiating social and political transformations in Chinese society. This is the first book that describes and analyzes the new phase of women's organizing in China, which started in the 1980s, and ...
By Andrew Russell, Mary Thompson, Elisa J. Sobo
April 01, 2000
Contraception is an issue of considerable concern to a great many heterosexually active people. Yet the impact of contraceptive technologies in the world today, in particular their implications for kinship, gender relations, and other aspects of social life, receives relatively little scholarly ...
By Tamara Kohn, Rosemary McKechnie
April 01, 1999
How is the concept of patient care adapting in response to rapid changes in healthcare delivery and advances in medical technology? How are questions of ethical responsibility and social diversity shaping the definitions of healthcare?In this topical study, scholars in anthropology, nursing theory,...
By Rosemary Breger, Rosanna Hill
June 01, 1998
As societies world-wide become increasingly multicultural, so the issues of identity, belonging, tolerance and racism become imperative to understand in their various forms. This book adds to the discussion by examining the interface between the lived, personal experiences of people in ...
By Dawn Chatty, Annika Rabo
January 05, 1997
With the creation of the modern nation-state in the Middle East and North Africa, women have been and continue to be manipulated to represent a cultural ideal of perfect womanhood. This is often greatly at odds with the realities of women's lives and aspirations. However, individual women, through ...
By Gina Buijs
July 01, 1996
Population movements on a large scale have been a prominent feature of modern society, but there have been as yet few attempts to look beneath the surface of mass movements of people. There is a particularly urgent need to disentangle the specific experience of women who are critically involved in ...
By Shirley Ardener, Sandra Burman
July 01, 1996
On most continents - from the USA to Africa and Asia - various forms of rotating savings and credit associations (ROSCAs) serve men and women of the community, often as their major -- and sometimes their only -- savings institution. ROSCAs are self-help money-pooling associations with participants ...
By Deborah Bryceson
August 31, 1995
How effective is western aid-agency intervention in Africa? What can African women do to manage the AIDS crisis? Can western feminist theory be applied to the rural African context?These vital issues, and many others, are considered in this topical book by eminent scholars and development ...
By Karim Wazir Wazir
July 02, 1995
This provocative book seeks to redress inaccuracies in Western perceptions of gender relations in Southeast Asia by bringing to the fore the area's ethnic and cultural variance and showing how women and men explain the informal and psychological dimensions of relationships as vital in holding ...
By Maryon McDonald
June 14, 1994
Why do so many people feel compelled to drink alcohol or take drugs? And why do so many men drink and so many women refrain? Using ideas from social anthropology, this book attempts to provide a novel answer to these questions. The introduction surveys both gender and addiction. It points out that ...