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Feminist anthropology and kinship, II

Feminist anthropology and kinship, II

Ryan Schram

ANTH 2654: Forms of Families

17 September 2015

Available at http://anthro.rschram.org/2654/8

Lecture outline

  • Review from last week: Ortner on patriarchy, criticism of Ortner
  • Three examples of gender inequality: Are they the same?
    • Woman/Man: A marked-unmarked opposition.
    • In these societies, are women oppressed in a way that is fundamentally similar?
    • Do women of these societies have common interests, that is, should they all be working toward challenging male domination?
  • Marilyn Strathern: A more ambitious critique of Ortner
    • Mount Hagen, PNG: Home of Ongka, and a truck.
    • Women are rubbish and selfish, men are successful leaders
    • Autonomy and cooperation have to be balanced
    • Hagen personhood: The gender dichotomy is a metaphor for the human mind.
  • The witchcraft meeting in Auhelawa
    • Women have a “tongue of fire”
    • Women are “the boss of this place”
    • Accusations, and a collective admission of responsibility
    • The witch is a deviant woman and a matrilineal woman
  • Forms of power
    • Coercion
    • Authority
    • Persuasion
    • “The exemplary center”
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