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in Cross-Cultural Perspective by Caroline Brettell and Carolyn Sargent (3rd Edition).
A review and critique:
This assignment worth 30% of your course grade centers on your understanding and ability to critically analyze the reader by Bretell and Sargent.
The authors of this reader have attempted to balance the classic contributions from the literature on gender
roles while at the same time incorporating more modern and diverse insights on the subject of roles and ideology from around the world.
The authors have five overarching goals in this text.
First, they would like to introduce the student to the most significant topics in the field of gender studies
, especially from an anthropological perspective. These include:
of man and woman in prehistory
-the relationship between biology and culture
-the cultural construction of masculinity, femininity, and sexuality
-variations in the sexual division of labor and economic organization
-women?s involvement in ritual and religion
-the impact on gender
issues of various forces of change such as colonialism, the rise of the state, and the global economy
Second, the authors attempt cover the subject matter cross-culturally and believe that this comparative analysis can help us all understand the issues of gender
from both the less developed and more developed worlds.
Third, the authors have tried to compliment the enormous literature on women?s lives that has developed over the years with articles that deal with masculinity and male gender
roles. They acknowledge that a truly balanced reader may not yet be possible, but feminist theory is increasingly being applied to the study
Fourth, the authors have attempted to combine theoretically and ethnographically based articles in the text and have tried to demonstrate how the later can inform the former and vise versa.
Finally, the authors have provided and introduction to each section of readings that provides a context for the student to better understand the particular readings.
In a paper of no less than 4500 thousand words (approximately 15-20 pages double spaced with 12 font and 1 inch margins) I would like you to demonstrate to me how you feel that the authors of this book have accomplished their goals. In addressing their five goals, I would like to see you make direct reference to the readings throughout the text. The readings are divided into 10 sections or parts. Each section covers a specific area of research on sex and gender
. I would also like to see you demonstrate through your writing a better grasp of the subject matter and point to areas that the readings have helped you better understand some aspect of gender
Format: I would thus like to see five sections (properly labeled) to your paper. Each section approximately 1000 words. However, there will be areas that you would like to delve into deeper that I encourage that.
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