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The Gender of the Gift Problems with Women and Problems with Society in Melanesia by Marilyn Strathern

The Gender of the Gift Problems with Women and Problems with Society in Melanesia

Part of the Studies in Melanesian Anthropology Series


The Gender of the Gift Problems with Women and Problems with Society in Melanesia by Marilyn Strathern

In the most original and ambitious synthesis yet undertaken in Melanesian scholarship, Marilyn Strathern argues that gender relations have been a particular casualty of unexamined assumptions held by Western anthropologists and feminist scholars alike. The book treats with equal seriousness - and with equal good humor - the insights of Western social science, feminist politics, and ethnographic reporting, in order to rethink the representation of Melanesian social and cultural life. This makes The Gender of the Gift one of the most sustained critiques of cross-cultural comparison that anthropology has seen, and one of its most spirited vindications.


Marilyn Strathern's new book is a work of exceptional originality, which will exercise a marked influence over future developments in anthropological theory. -- Times Literary Supplement

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Publication date

1st November 1990


Marilyn Strathern

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University of California Press


437 pages


Feminism & feminist theory



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