Gender, Song, and Sensibility

Gender, Song, and Sensibility

Folktales and Folksongs in the Highlands of New Guinea

eBook - 2002
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The authors challenge earlier analyses of Highlands societies of Papua New Guinea that have concentrated on gendered antagonism, taboos, and male domination. Drawing copiously on courting songs, ballads, folktales, and myths, they display the emotional sensibilities of the people and the importance of female spirits to their imaginative lifeworlds.

Greenwood Pub Group
Contains texts and/or translations of courting songs, ballads, folktales, and mythology of the people of Highlands New Guinea, and presents an historical picture of gender relations as portrayed through the material.

Book News
Stewart and Strathern (both anthropology, U. of Pittsburgh) reconsider stereotype previous scholars have constructed around gender relations among the highland peoples of New Guinea, particularly notions of the denigration of sexual activity and patterns of avoidance, separation and antagonism between men and women. They argue that there are positive aspects of social relations as well. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, ©2002
ISBN: 9780313012679
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 235 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Strathern, Andrew


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