Appell, Laura W. R.. Sex role symmetry among the Rungus of Sabah

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Title: Sex role symmetry among the Rungus of Sabah

Published in: Female and male in Borneo : contributions and challenges to gender studies, edited by Vinson H. Sutlive, Jr.

Published By: Female and male in Borneo : contributions and challenges to gender studies, edited by Vinson H. Sutlive, Jr. Williamsburg, VA, USA: Borneo Research Council, [1991]. 1-56 p.: ill.

By line: Laura W. R. Appell

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Rungus Dusun (OC13)

Subjects: Division of labor by gender (462); Gender status (562); Marriage (580); Family relationships (593); Socialization (860); Gender roles and issues (890);

Abstract: This is a study of gender relations among the Rungus Dusun. Laura Appell makes the case for sexual symmetry. According to Appell, Rungus male and female roles are balanced in the household economy. High bride price underscores the value of a bride's skills and potential contribution to the household. Spirit mediums who play an important role in Rungus healthcare are exclusively women. Uxorilocal residence, mutual respect between spouses, and the absence of sexual violence (see Appell 1991, document no. 6) are also indications of relative equality between the sexes. The general restraint on sexual behavior may be a contributing factor in sexual equality. The document includes 22 photographs.

Document Number: 10

Document ID: oc13-010

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 33-34)

Field Date: 1959-1963, 1986

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 2000

Coverage Date: 1959-1986

Coverage Place: Kudat District, Sabah, Malaysia

LCSH: Dusun (Bornean people)

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