Gender in History: Global Perspectives by Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks

By Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks

Up-to-date with new fabric to mirror the newest advancements within the box, Gender in background : international views, 2d version, offers a concise review of the development of gender in international cultures from the Paleolithic period to fashionable occasions.

  • Includes examples drawn from the newest scholarship with regards to a various diversity of cultures, from historical Mesopotamia to post-Soviet Russia, and from the Igbo of Nigeria, to the Iroquois of north japanese North America.
  • Reflects new advancements within the box with further insurance of primates, slavery, colonialism, masculinity, and transgender issues
  • Features major dialogue of the Paleolithic and Neolithic sessions, an immense pattern within the examine of global history
  • Lays out key theoretical and methodological concerns in an creation that's written in obtainable language
  • Supplementary fabric for teachers and scholars to be had at www.wiley.com/go/wiesnerhanks

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Adoption or godparentage created significant kinship-like ties (termed fictive or spiritual kinship) in some places while in others only blood and marriage mattered. Marital partners in some cultures were chosen by parents or the family as a whole and in others by the individuals themselves. In some groups a woman brought goods or money to her husband or husband’s family on marriage (a dowry) and in others a man gave goods or money to his wife’s family (bridewealth). Marriage was forbidden to certain segments of the population among some groups while among others nearly everyone married.

Much of that record is the story of women’s subordination, which may make you, as the reader, feel angry, depressed, or defensive. If you do, please remember that this is not a book about what might have been, what should be, or what could happen in the future; that I leave to philosophers, ethicists, theologians, and you. FURTHER READING The best place to begin in considering the socially constructed nature of gender is still Suzanne J. Kessler and Wendy McKenna, Gender: An Ethnomethodological Approach (New York: Wiley, 1978).

These unions were often accompanied by a marriage ceremony and the expectation of spousal fidelity, but they were also understood to be temporary. If the spouses disagreed with one another or the man was from elsewhere and returned to his home country, the marriage ended, just as marriages between local spouses ended if there was conflict or one spouse disappeared for a year or more. Both sides gained from such temporary marriages; the man gained a sexual and domestic partner, and the woman and her family gained prestige through their contact with an outsider and their repayment of a debt.

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