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ANTH 0780 - c5 - Kinship and Gender Kinship The basis of...

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Kinship and Gender
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Kinship – The basis of social organization Defines group membership without institutions of the state. Defines moral, political, legal and economic relationships Anthropologists were interested in looking at groups living in organizations that weren’t under social roles of governemnt
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Sex vs. Gender Foundation stone of kinship Kinship based on relationships built on outcome of sexuality Sex – biology Gender – cultural identity linked to sex.
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Hijras – A Third Gender: Neither man nor woman -ritual castration ceremony done in context of community, not hospital -because they have no sex, they claim to special powers like controlling fertility bless bride/groom in weddings with fertility -feared, stigmatized, looked down upon in indian society, but also deemed to have an important role
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Men who embody an ideal that is both masculine and feminine
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There are no universal gender roles. Sex does not determine gender.
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