Intermediate Types among Primitive Folk expands on Carpenter’s idea of the Intermediate type; a person of mixed sexes such as a feminine body with a masculine mind or vice versa. Originally published in 1914, this text explores the role that intermediate types played amongst early civilisations as well as in religion and military situations. Whilst later civilisations tended to look down on those who did not fit into traditional gender roles, some early peoples saw intermediate types as important figures in their social organisation. This title will be of interest to students of sociology, gender studies and anthropology.
Introduction; Part 1: The Intermediate in the Service of Religion; 1. As Prophet or Priest 2. As Wizard or Witch 3. As Inventors of the Arts and Crafts 4. Hermaphrodism Among Gods and Mortals; Part 2: The Intermediate as Warrior; 5. The Dorian Military Comradeship 6. Its Relation to the Status of Woman 7. Its Relation to Civic Life and Religion 8. The Samurai of Japan: And their Ideal; Conclusion; Index.
This collection of Edward Carpenter’s works provides an in-depth insight to his most important studies throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries including Civilisation: It’s Cause and Cure, The Light from the East and The Drama of Love and Death. The ten titles included in this set expand on the well-known poet and philosopher’s socialist views, his studies of Hinduism and his ideas of ‘intermediate types’ which was a particularly important theory in the history of LGBT activism.