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

by Marilyn Strathern

Part of the Studies in Melanesian Anthropology Series

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

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.

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

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780520072022
Publication date: 1st November 1990
Author: Marilyn Strathern
Publisher: University of California Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 437 pages
Categories: Anthropology, Feminism & feminist theory,

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