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Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia

Edited by Thomas Gregor [[missing key: and]] Donald Tuzin

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780520228511
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935815 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520228511.001.0001
Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia

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Age-Based Genders among the Kayapo

William. H. Fisher.

in Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia

November 2001; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology. 12603 words.

This chapter argues that age and gender should not be separated, in the sense that they are part of the same complex of ideas. Amazonian and Melanesian accounts generally concur on the inco...

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The Anguish of Gender: Men's Cults and Moral Contradiction in Amazonia and Melanesia

Thomas A. Gregor and Donald Tuzin.

in Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia

November 2001; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology. 13616 words.

There are remarkable resemblances between men's cults in Amazonia and Melanesia. The similarities include myths of matriarchy and role reversal; body imagery that merges male and female...

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Comparing Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia: A Theoretical Orientation

Thomas A. Gregor and Donald Tuzin.

in Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia

November 2001; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology. 7043 words.

This chapter explores the sources and theoretical implications of remarkable similarities between societies in Amazonia and Melanesia, a comparison which combines the universalist and...

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Damming the Rivers of Milk? Fertility, Sexuality, and Modernity in Melanesia and Amazonia

Margaret Jolly.

in Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia

November 2001; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology. 16224 words.

In both Melanesia and Amazonia, cultures vary in the extent to which they bring men and women together in creative relationships or separate them as antithetical and opposed. Cultures of...

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The Gender of Some Amazonian Gifts: An Experiment with an Experiment

Stephen Hugh-Jones.

in Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia

November 2001; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology. 16966 words.

Amazonian and Melanesian ethnography takes “gender” to be a fixed, unitary, and relatively unproblematic attribute of persons. For Amazonia and Melanesia, both intra- and interregional...

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The Genres of Gender: Local Models and Global Paradigms in the Comparison of Amazonia and Melanesia

Philippe Descola.

in Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia

November 2001; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology. 11677 words.

This chapter presents an argument that gender is itself not a salient category in South American societies (Amazonia and Melanasia). Gender relationships are subsumed and embedded in...

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Reflections on the Land of Melazonia

Thomas A. Gregor and Donald Tuzin.

in Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia

November 2001; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology. 2991 words.

This chapter elucidates the similarities between sociocultural features of Melanesia and Amazonia, collectively referred to as Melazonia, examining the interregional comparison chiefly...

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Reproducing Inequality: The Gender Politics of Male Cults in the Papua New Guinea Highlands and Amazonia

Aletta Biersack.

in Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia

November 2001; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology. 11404 words.

This chapter examines some resemblances between Amazonian and Melanesian men's cults. These cults portray the omatisia ritual of the Paiela of the Papua New Guinea highlands as a political...

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Same-Sex and Cross-Sex Relations: Some Internal Comparisons

Marilyn Strathern.

in Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia

November 2001; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology. 11997 words.

This chapter explores “internal” comparisons involving relations of sex, gender, and generation. In particular, same-sex and cross-sex orientations change across the life span and, in...

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“Strength” and Sexuality: Sexual Avoidance and Masculinity in New Guinea and Amazonia

Paul Roscoe.

in Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia

November 2001; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology. 13202 words.

This chapter examines the correlation between sexual continence, abstinence, and separation on the one hand, and masculine aggressivity and strength on the other, in the Amazonian and...

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