Gender Matters: Rereading Michelle Z. Rosaldo by Alejandro Lugo, Bill (William) M. Maurer

By Alejandro Lugo, Bill (William) M. Maurer

For the previous 20 years, the paintings of Michelle Z. Rosaldo has had a profound effect on feminism and anthropology. Gender Matters commemorates her imperative function in shaping anthropological paintings and issues towards new instructions for serious inquiry in line with a reconsideration of Rosaldo's theoretical and political interventions.
With the e-book of Woman, tradition, and Society in 1974, Michelle Rosaldo initiated not anything below a reconstruction of anthropology that positioned feminist research on the heart of the self-discipline. via a rereading of Rosaldo's rules and arguments, this assortment presents in-depth research of Rosaldo's many contributions to anthropology and feminism. all the essays derives theoretically and politically important insights from Rosaldo's paintings and units them in movement for brand spanking new highbrow and political practices. The authors don't continually proportion Rosaldo's views, nor do they inevitably consider one another. yet, jointly, they aspect to intriguing syntheses of previous and new feminist concept and practice.
Alejandro Lugo is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Latina/o reviews, college of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. invoice Maurer is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, college of California at Irvine.

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Kung gatherers who go out on the land or sea, which is to a large extent a free good, who live in a world where land is a subject of labor. Meillassoux ( 1 972) suggests that the product of labor is immediately available, to be shared, rather than con­ tractually exchanged. Reciprocities are not long delayed, and there is little incentive for the formation of social hierarchies or even extended family or lineage organization. Those egalitarian small-scale kindreds and ephem­ eral encampment groups have relatively little preoccupation with either biological reproduction or social reproduction.

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