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Manhood, Femaleness, and Power: A Cultural Analysis of Prehistoric Images of Reproduction

Linke, Uli

Comparative Studies in Society and History, 1992, Vol.34(4), pp.579-620 [Rivista Peer Reviewed]

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  • Titolo:
    Manhood, Femaleness, and Power: A Cultural Analysis of Prehistoric Images of Reproduction
  • Edizione: 1992
  • Autore: Linke, Uli
  • Note di contenuto: Ideologies of reproduction are social facts, collective representations, of the dramatic ways in which human beings construct and appropriate gender for the imaging of social reality. Such symbolic universes are often centered on the body (Foucault 1980; Martin 1989; Turner 1984; Douglas 1973). As a template of cultural signification, the body becomes a model through which the social order can be apprehended. For instance, gender hierarchies are sometimes envisioned by means of an anatomical or physiological paradigm (Needham 1973; Hugh-Jones 1979; Theweleit 1987). However, the operation of societal power is generally focused on women's bodies and bodily processes. Women, according to a widespread (and controversial) paradigm, are grounded in nature by virtue of the dictates of their bodies: menstruation, pregnancy, birth (Lévi-Strauss 1966, 1969; Ortner 1974; Ardener 1975; Mac-Cormack and Strathern 1986).
  • Fa parte di: Comparative Studies in Society and History, 1992, Vol.34(4), pp.579-620
  • Soggetti: Gender, Generation, Sex ; Social Sciences (General) ; History & Archaeology
  • Tipo: Articolo
  • Identificativo: ISSN: 0010-4175 ; E-ISSN: 1475-2999 ; DOI: 10.1017/S0010417500018004

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