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When it first appeared, this groundbreaking ethnography was one of the first works to focus on gender in anthropology. The book continues to influence contemporary studies and is an important teaching tool on gender and life in the Amazon. "Women of the Forest" covers Yolanda and Robert Murphys year of fieldwork among the Mundurucu people of Brazil in 1952. The Murphys ethnographic analysis takes into account the historical, ecological, and cultural setting of the Mundurucu, including the mythology surrounding women, womens work and household life, marriage and child rearing, the impact of social change on the female role, sexual antagonism, and the means by which women compensate for their low social position.
The new foreword -written collectively by respected anthropologists who were all students of the Murphys -is both a tribute to the Murphys and a critical reflection on the continued relevance of their work today.
"A salute to womens liberation in a portrait of a fascinating primitive people." -Margaret Mead
""Women of the Forest" restores something of the balance that has been missing from conventional anthropology -an anthropology largely written by men -in giving this lucid account of the fundamental roles played by women in all societies. Very readably it sets the record straight for widely but wrongly held beliefs concerning many aspects of the roles of the sexes in all societies." -Ashley Montagu

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When it originally appeared, this groundbreaking ethnography was one of the first works to focus on gender in anthropology. The thirtieth anniversary edition of Women of the Forest reconfirms the book's importance for contemporary studies on gender and life in the Amazon. The book covers Yolanda and Robert Murphy's year of fieldwork among the Munduruc? people of Brazil in 1952. The Murphy's ethnographic analysis takes into account the historical, ecological, and cultural setting of the Munduruc?, including the mythology surrounding women, women's work and household life, marriage and child rearing, the effects of social change on the female role, sexual antagonism, and the means by which women compensate for their low social position.

The new foreword — written collectively by renowned anthropologists who were all students of the Murphys — is both a tribute to the Murphys and a critical reflection on the continued relevance of their work today.

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One of the first works to focus on gender in anthropology, this book remains an important teaching tool on gender and life in the Amazon. "Women of the Forest" covers Yolanda and Robert Murphy's year of fieldwork among the Munduruc people of Brazil in 1952, taking into account the historical, ecological, and cultural setting. The book features a new critical foreword written collectively by respected anthropologists who were all students of the Murphys.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231132329
Author:
Murphy, Yolanda
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Foreword by:
Ferguson, R. Brian
Foreword:
Ferguson, R. Brian
Author:
Murphy, Robert Francis
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Number:
30
Edition Description:
-30th Anniversa
Series:
Columbia Classics in Anthropology
Publication Date:
20041231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
262
Dimensions:
8.54x5.55x.81 in. .96 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , When it originally appeared, this groundbreaking ethnography was one of the first works to focus on gender in anthropology. The thirtieth anniversary edition of Women of the Forest reconfirms the book's importance for contemporary studies on gender and life in the Amazon. The book covers Yolanda and Robert Murphy's year of fieldwork among the Munduruc? people of Brazil in 1952. The Murphy's ethnographic analysis takes into account the historical, ecological, and cultural setting of the Munduruc?, including the mythology surrounding women, women's work and household life, marriage and child rearing, the effects of social change on the female role, sexual antagonism, and the means by which women compensate for their low social position.

The new foreword — written collectively by renowned anthropologists who were all students of the Murphys — is both a tribute to the Murphys and a critical reflection on the continued relevance of their work today.

"Synopsis" by , One of the first works to focus on gender in anthropology, this book remains an important teaching tool on gender and life in the Amazon. "Women of the Forest" covers Yolanda and Robert Murphy's year of fieldwork among the Munduruc people of Brazil in 1952, taking into account the historical, ecological, and cultural setting. The book features a new critical foreword written collectively by respected anthropologists who were all students of the Murphys.

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