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A Society Without Fathers or Husbands: The Na of China

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The Na of China, farmers in the Himalayan region, live without the institution of marriage. Na brothers and sisters live together their entire lives, sharing household responsibilities and raising the women's children. Because the Na, like all cultures, prohibit incest, they practice a system of sometimes furtive, sometimes conspicuous nighttime encounters at the woman's home. The woman's partners--she frequently has more than one--bear no economic responsibility for her or her children, and "fathers," unless they resemble their children, remain unidentifiable.This lucid ethnographic study shows how a society can function without husbands or fathers. It sheds light on marriage and kinship, as well as on the position of women, the necessary conditions for the acquisition of identity, and the impact of a communist state on a society that it considers backward.

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A fascinating account of the Na society, which functions without husbands or fathers.

Synopsis:

This lucid ethnographic study shows how a society can function without husbands or fathers. It sheds light on marriage and kinship, as well as on the position of women, the necessary conditions for the acquisition of identity, and the impact of a communist state on a society that it considers backward.

About the Author

Cai Hua is Director of the Center for Anthropological and Folkloric Studies at the Peking University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781890951122
Subtitle:
The Na of China
Translator:
Hustvedt, Asti
Author:
Hua, Cai
Author:
Hustvedt, Asti
Publisher:
Zone Books
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Matriarchy
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Series:
A Society without Fathers or Husbands
Publication Date:
20010315
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
French
Pages:
505
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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