This book examines gang rape, clitoridectomy, abduction of women, ritual belittling of men, modern feminist criticism, and the "war between the sexes". It deals with the politics of large state-sized units and conflict in the form of overt war between Indians and colonial powers.
1. Gender Totemism 2. Phallic Symbolism and Reproductive Expropriation: Sexual Politics in Cross Cultural Perspective 3. Oedipus in the Political Economy: Theme and Variations in Amazonia 4. Sexual Antagonism and Play in Mundurucu Society: The Fun is in the Chase 5. Some Considerations of Myth and Gender in a Northwest Amazon Society 6. "She Who Is Covered with Feces": The Dialectics of Gender Among the Mehinaku of Brazil 7. Histrionics in Culture 8. War and the Sexes in Amazonia 9. The Ka apor Indian Wars of Lower Amazonia, ca. 1825–1928 10. Invisible People: Ostracism in Cashinahua Society 11. Conflict, Contradiction and the Study of Religion 12. Female Circumcision in Africa: The Dialectics of Equality 13. Abiding Women: Sexuality and Control in Modern Teso 14. Wage Contracts and Wage Conflict in Northern Nigerian Agriculture: Toward a Dialectical Understanding of the Changing Social Organization of Work 15. Family, Religion and State: Middle Eastern Models 16. The Beni Meklaab over the Horizon: Males and Females, Dogs and Bedouin 17. Bed Posts and Broad Swords: Twareg Women's Work Parties and the Dialectics of Sexual Conflict 18. Moulay Abedsalem: An Ethnographic Fiction