Women, Culture, and Society
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Women, Culture, and Society
Woman, Culture, and Society
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Paperback edition
AuthorMichelle Zimbalist Rosaldo
Louise Lamphere
CountryUnited States
Subjectrethinking anthropology by centering women
GenreAnthology of scholarly papers
PublisherStanford University Press
Publication date
Media typePrint
LC Class73089861

Woman, Culture, and Society, first published in 1974 (Stanford University Press), is a book consisting of 16 papers contributed by female authors and an introduction by the editors Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo and Louise Lamphere. On the heels of the 1960s feminist movement, this book challenged anthropology's status quo of viewing studied cultures from a male perspective while diminishing female perspectives, even considering women as comparatively imperceptible. It is considered to be a pioneering work.[1][2][3][4][5]

The book features a number of widely cited essays including:

  • In "Family Structure and Feminine Personality," Nancy Chodorow offers a psychoanalytic explanations for gender differences in personality, based on mother's primary role in raising small children and socializing girls into their gendered roles.
  • In "Is female to male as nature is to culture?," first published in Feminist Studies,[6]Sherry Ortner argues that the universal (or near universal) subordination of women across cultures is explained in part by a common conception of women as "closer to nature than men" (73). The title describes a structuralist analogy between deep cultural structures, in the sense theorized by Claude Lévi-Strauss.[7] It described cultural oppositions including culture/nature, man/woman, mind/body, public/private, civilized/primitive, and active/passive.[8] In 1996, Ortner remembered it as "my first piece of feminist writing and my second professional publication."[7]

The title of the book alludes to the gendered nature of a prior anthropological text, Man, Culture, and Society.

See also


  1. ^ Heider, Karl G. (2007). Seeing Anthropology: Cultural Anthropology through Film (4th ed.). Boston, MA:: Pearson Education. p. 372. ISBN 0-205-48355-0.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  2. ^ Schrijvers, J. (Fall 1975). "Woman, Culture, and Society by Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo; Louise Lamphere". Urban Anthropology. The Institute, Inc. 4 (3): 285-289. JSTOR 40552692.
  3. ^ Gonzalez, Nancie L. (Oct 4, 1974). "Sex Roles and Cultural Domains". Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science (4158): 43-44. doi:10.1126/science.186.4158.43. JSTOR 1738552.
  4. ^ Chiñas, Beverly (Mar 1975). "Woman, Culture, and Society. Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo; Louise Lamphere". American Anthropologist. American Anthropological Association. 77 (1): 92-93. doi:10.1525/aa.1975.77.1.02a00180. JSTOR 674082. Alternate title on Wiley-Blackwell website (click DOI): General, Applied and Theoretical: Woman, Culture, and Society. Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo and Louise Lamphere, eds
  5. ^ Martin, M. Kay (March 1976). "Woman, Culture, and Society by Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo; Louise Lamphere". Contemporary Sociology. American Sociological Association. 5 (2): 133-134. doi:10.2307/2062931. JSTOR 2062931.
  6. ^ Ortner, Sherry B. (1972). "Is Female to Male as Nature Is to Culture?". Feminist Studies. 1 (2): 5. doi:10.2307/3177638. ISSN 0046-3663. JSTOR 3177638.
  7. ^ a b Ortner, Sherry B., (1996). "So, Is Female to Male as Nature Is to Culture?". Making gender: The politics and erotics of culture. Boston: Beacon Press. pp. 173-80. ISBN 978-0-8070-4633-3.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  8. ^ Geller, Pamela L.; Stockett, Miranda K. (2006). "Feminist anthropology: Perspectives on our past, present, and future". Feminist anthropology: Past, present, and future. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-8122-2005-6.

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