Women of the Forest (30th anniversary edition)

Women of the Forest (30th anniversary edition)

By: Yolanda Murphy (author), Robert F. Murphy (author), Thomas A. Gregor (contributor), Orna Johnson (foreword_author), William L. Balee (foreword_author), Judith Shapiro (foreword_author), R. Brian Ferguson (foreword_author), Janet M. Chernela (foreword_author)Paperback

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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 Mundurucu people of Brazil in 1952. The Murphy's ethnographic 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 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.

About Author

Yolanda 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.


Foreword to the Thirtieth Anniversary Edition Preface to the First Edition Preface to the Second Edition 1. Woman's Day 2. The Land and the People 3. Beyond the Looking Glass 4. MundurucY Culture 5. Women in Myth and Symbol 6. The Woman's World 7. Women and Married Life 8. Women and Social Change 9. Women and Men Bibliography Index 03/12/0405 Murphy 00 toc.doc: vii vii

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780231132336
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9780231132336
  • ISBN10: 0231132336
  • edition: 30th anniversary edition

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