Kopytoff, Igor. Women's roles and existential identities

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Title: Women's roles and existential identities

Published in: Beyond the second sex: new directions in the anthropology of gender, edited by Peggy Reeves Sanday and Ruth Gallagher Goodenough

Published By: Beyond the second sex: new directions in the anthropology of gender, edited by Peggy Reeves Sanday and Ruth Gallagher Goodenough University of Pennsylvania Press. 1990. 75-98 p.

By line: Igor Kopytoff

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2016. Computer File

Culture: Suku (FO46)

Subjects: Gender roles and issues (890); Division of labor by gender (462); Gender status (562); Family relationships (593); Basis of marriage (581); Mode of marriage (583); Lineages (613); Social personality (156);

Abstract: This article discusses traditional Suku cultural meanings and roles associated with womanhood and gender-based division of labor. It is argued that, compared to the United States of America and culturally related Western countries, Suku society provides relatively fewer constraints for women to freely assert themselves and move into positions of power. The author attributes this difference to long-standing cultural distinctions between culturally shared expectations of womanhood and the actual roles of individual women.

Document Number: 9

Document ID: fo46-009

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 97-98)

Field Date: 1958-1959

Evaluation: Anthropologist-5

Analyst: Teferi Abate Adem; 2014

Coverage Date: 1920-1970

Coverage Place: Kwango district, Bandundu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

LCSH: Suku (African people)

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