“When There Were No Women”

Bartholomew Dean

in Urarina Society, Cosmology, and History in Peruvian Amazonia

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033785
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038384 | DOI:
“When There Were No Women”

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This chapter discusses an assessment of Urarina women's partial loss of control over the circulation of one of the most important wealth items that they produce: palm-fiber goods. Using ethnographic sensitivity to gendered segregation, it illustrates the extent to which Urarina women are actively involved as transactional agents within an economic complex that almost always only attends to men's activities.

Keywords: Urarina women; wealth items; palm-fiber goods; gendered segregation; transactional agents; economic complex

Chapter.  9537 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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