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- DescriptionWhen it originally appeared, this groundbreaking ethgraphy 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 Mundurucu people of Brazil in 1952. The Murphy's ethgraphic analysis takes into account the historical, ecological, and cultural setting of the Mundurucu, 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 rewned 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.
- Author BiographyYolanda Murphy, previously on the faculty of Empire State College (SUNY), is retired. Robert F. Murphy was professor of anthropology at Columbia University. He was the author of many books and articles, including Headhunter's Heritage: Social and Economic Change Among the Mundurucu Indians and The Body Silent: The Different World of the Disabled, for which he won a Columbia University Lionel Trilling Award.R. Brian Ferguson, editor of the foreword, is professor of anthropology at Rutgers University-Newark. His books include The State, Identity, and Violence and Yanomami Warfare: A Political History.
- Author(s)Robert F. Murphy,Yolanda Murphy
- PublisherColumbia University Press
- Date of Publication17/11/2004
- SubjectGender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintColumbia University Press
- Content Notemaps
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Foreword byR. Brian Ferguson,William L. Balee,Janet M. Chernela,Judith Shapiro,Orna Johnson
- Edition Statement30th Anniversary edition
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