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Strathern, Marilyn

Works: 213 works in 652 publications in 4 languages and 14,708 library holdings
Genres: Cross-cultural studies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Contributor, Interviewee, Dedicatee, Thesis advisor, htt
Classifications: GN668, 306
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Most widely held works by Marilyn Strathern
The gender of the gift : problems with women and problems with society in Melanesia by Marilyn Strathern( )

36 editions published between 1988 and 2019 in English and Portuguese and held by 2,122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marilyn Strathern argues that gender relations in Melanesia have been a particular casualty of unexamined assumptions held by Western anthropologists and feminist scholars alike. The book treats with equal seriousness, and with equal good humour, the insights of Western social science, feminist politics, and ethnographic reporting, in order to rethink the representation of Melanesian social and cultural life
Kinship, law and the unexpected : relatives are always a surprise by Marilyn Strathern( )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 1,078 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How can we hold in the same view both cultural or historical constructs and generalities about social existence? In response to this anthropological conundrum, Kinship, Law and the Unexpected takes up an issue at the heart of studies of society - the way we use relationships to uncover relationships. Relationality is a phenomenon at once contingent (on certain ways of knowing) and ubiquitous (to social life)"--Jacket
Nature, culture, and gender by Carol P MacCormack( Book )

35 editions published between 1978 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 968 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Categories of analysis in the social sciences include the binary pair 'nature' and 'culture', as defined by western societies. Anthropologists have often imputed these categories to the world-views of non-western people and the construct has acquired the status of a universal. It has been further argued that culture (that which is regulated by human thought and technology) is universally valued as being superior to nature (the unregulated); and that female is universally associated with nature (and is therefore inferior and to be dominated) and male with culture. The essays in this volume question these propositions. They examine the assumptions behind them analytically and historically, and present ethnographic evidence to show that the dichotomy between nature and culture, and its association with a contrast between the sexes, is a particularity of western thought. The book is a commentary on the way anthropologists working within the western tradition have projected their own ideas on to the thought systems of other peoples. Its form is largely anthropological, but it will have a wide appeal within the social sciences and the humanities, especially among those interested in structuralist thought and women's studies
Shifting contexts : transformations in anthropological knowledge by Marilyn Strathern( )

16 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in English and held by 920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines a range of contexts in which people (including anthropologists) make different orders of knowledge for themselves as a prelude to questioning assumptions about the 'size' of knowledge implied in the contrast between global and local perspectives. Shifting Contexts will appeal to anthropologists and all those working in areas such as the philosophy of social science, cultural studies and comparative sociology
Wives and Wanderers in a New Guinea Highlands Society by Marie Reay( )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 896 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wives and Wanderers in a New Guinea Highlands Society brings to the reader anthropologist Marie Reay's field research from the 1950s and 1960s on women's lives in the Wahgi Valley, Central Highlands of Papua New Guinea. ... Each chapter adds to the main story that Reay wanted to tell, contrasting young girls' freedom to court and choose partners, with the constraints (and violence) they were to experience as maried women."--Back cover
Women in between; female roles in a male world: Mount Hagen, New Guinea by Marilyn Strathern( Book )

25 editions published between 1972 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prés. de l'éd.: Male-female relations have occupied a prominent place in the analysis of traditional New Guinea societies. This is the first full-length work dealing explicitly with women's status and relations between the sexes in the New Guinea Highlands. Dr Strathern evaluates dogmas and examines the attitude of the Hagen people towards female. Hagen women are important as primary producers and as intermediaries in the system of ceremonial wealth-exchange through which political competition between clans is expressed. But although men recognize these crucial functions, they exclude woman from moral participation in politics. They do this in spite of fears that women might wield private influence and have secret power. Case-studies of marriage arrangements, divorce and traditional settlement of disputes are cited and are used to illustrate women's status in Hagen society. Comparisons with other peoples of the Guinea Highlands elucidate features peculiar to Hagen. Antagonism between the sexes is shown to mesh with the conflicting notion and attitudes to which women's somewhat ambiguous position gives rise. Women are able to manipulate this situation to some personal advantage. There is a war between the sexes in Hagen, and one which has the result of allowing women, within the terms of the system, a degree of independence. Previous works on New Guinea Highlands have tended to concentrate on the activities of men: Women in Between is concerned with what women do, how they see themselves end the rights they demand in a world where most affairs of "significance" are dominated by males. This important study will be welcomed by social anthropologists and by the general reader with an interest in New Guinea. For those involved with women's rights, it offers an insight into the politics of sex in a non-Western community
Gifts and commodities by C. A Gregory( )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

C. A. Gregory's Gifts and Commodities is one of the undisputed classics of economic anthropology. On its publication in 1982, it spurred intense, ongoing debates about gifts and gifting, value, exchange, and the place of political economy in anthropology. Gifts and commodities is, at once, a critique of neoclassical economics and development theory, a critical history of colonial Papua New Guinea, and a comparative ethnography of exchange in Melanesian societies. This new edition includes a foreword by anthropologist Marilyn Strathern and a new preface by the author that discusses the ongoing response to the book and the debates it has engendered, debates that have become more salient in our evermore neoliberal and globalized era. Dr Christopher Gregory is an Adjunct Fellow in Anthropology ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Dealing with inequality : analysing gender relations in Melanesia and beyond : essays by members of the 1983/1984 Anthropological Research Group at the Research School of Pacific Studies, the Australian National University by Research school of Pacific studies (Canberra)( Book )

21 editions published between 1977 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Audit cultures : anthropological studies in accountability, ethics, and the academy by Marilyn Strathern( Book )

27 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If cultures are always in the making, this book catches one kind of culture on the make. Academics will be familiar with audit in the form of research and teaching assessments - they may not be aware how pervasive practices of 'accountability' are or of the diversity of political regimes under which they flourish. Twelve social anthropologists from across Europe and the Commonwealth chart an influential and controversial cultural phenomenon. The challenge is that these new accountabilities are at once obstructive and enabling of good practice. Through acountability the financial and the moral meet in the twinned precepts
Self-decoration in Mount Hagen by Andrew Strathern( Book )

17 editions published in 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A visual representation of the tribes on Papua New Guinea
Reproducing the future : essays on anthropology, kinship, and the new reproductive technologies by Marilyn Strathern( Book )

20 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Partial connections by Marilyn Strathern( Book )

28 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Available with a new Preface, Marilyn Strathern's seminal book challenges the routine ways in which anthropologists have thought about the complexity and quantity of their materials, focusing on a problem normally thought of as commonplace; that of scale and proportion. Revealing unexpected replications in modes of thought and in the presentation of ambiguous images, Strathern has fashioned a unique contribution to the anthropological corpus
After nature : English kinship in the late twentieth century by Marilyn Strathern( Book )

26 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After Nature is a timely account of fundamental constructs in English kinship at a moment when advances in reproductive technologies are raising questions about the natural basis of kinship relations
Big men and great men : personifications of power in Melanesia( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

4e de couverture: The societies of Melanesia have been a constant stimulus to anthropological theory. In this collection of essays, anthropologists who have worked in all parts of the Melanesian region of the Pacific bring their expertise to bear on a single theoretical issue. This is a hypothesis formulated by Maurice Godelier concerning the relationship between power, kinship and wealth. Although tightly focused on Godelier's work, the book opens up a major enquiry into the constitution of society in a part of the world where men of prominence come to personify the nature of power. 'Big men', entrepreneurs of exchanges, and 'great men', who flourish in societies characterised by restricted exchanges and ritual complexity, appear to belong to quite different systems. This book considers how substantial the difference between them really is. There are many accounts of political systems in Melanesia, but nothing quite like the comparative synthesis offered here. This exercise also raises more general issues concerning the unity of Melanesia, and about the potential of the comparative method in anthropology
Before and after gender : sexual mythologies of everyday life by Marilyn Strathern( )

23 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Written in the early 1970s amidst widespread debate over the causes of gender inequality, Marilyn Strathern's Before and After Gender was intended as a widely accessible analysis of gender as a powerful cultural code and sex as a defining mythology. But when the series for which it was written unexpectedly folded, the manuscript went into storage, where it remained for more than four decades. This book finally brings it to light, giving the long-lost feminist work-accompanied here with an Introduction by Sarah Franklin and an Afterword by Judith Butler-an overdue spot in feminist history."--Back cover
Kinship at the core : an anthropology of Elmdon a village in north-west Essex in the nineteen-sixties by Marilyn Strathern( Book )

13 editions published between 1981 and 2009 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the village of Elmdon in north-west Essex, members of certain families are distinguished from other residents as being `real Elmdon'. Through a detailed ethnography of the structure of the village, and the interrelationships between its various families, work patterns and community activities, Marilyn Strathern provides an understanding of the characteristics of those who most vehemently claim to be 'real' village people. Yet this account goes far beyond ethnographic description. Its inspiration lies with Dr Audrey Richards, a distinguished anthropologist whose most substantial contribution has been in Africa, while Dr Strathern herself has had many years' field experience in Papua New Guinea. As 'outsiders' they bring a fresh approach to English village studies. The book takes the idea of 'village' not for granted, but as a dogma to be accounted for. Dr Strathern argues that in order to appreciate why the village should be so salient a reference point in people's self-classifications, it is necessary to understand what the village stands for in their ideas of the world. [publisher]
Property, substance, and effect : anthropological essays on persons and things by Marilyn Strathern( Book )

10 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relations : an anthropological account by Marilyn Strathern( )

9 editions published in 2020 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In RELATIONS, Marilyn Strathern offers a deep and sustained analysis of the concept "relations." Strathern traces the English language use of the term through the centuries, showing that up until the eighteenth century, relations had been limited to describing logic and epistemology and had not been used as a reference to kin (or any other social relations). As Strathern traces the historical shift and the way this reflected emerging ideas about learning and new forms of kinship, she also weaves analysis relating to knowledge-making, comparison, and social science criticism. Strathern explores these themes in eight chapters, each with their own substantive focus, but which when read together offer diverse yet interconnected reflections on the theoretical expansiveness of the concept. In weaving together analysis of kin-making and knowledge-making, she opens up new ways of thinking about the contours (and limits) of epistemic and relational possibilities of the English-speaking world. In chapter 1, Strathern analyzes how relations emerge within contexts of debate and conversation. This functions as a model to imagine what types of connections and associations emerge as a result of what Strathern calls "knowledge exchanges." This leads her to analyze the relationship between anthropologists and the communities and to raise questions about the limit of ethnographic methods and knowledge-making. The final chapter, chapter 8, is concerned with the relationships between anthropologists and scholars in other disciplines, as well as the relationship between anthropology as a discipline and other disciplines. This chapter generates critical questions about the particular tools that emerge from an anthropological discussion of relations and, more specifically, an English-speaking discussion of relations. Here, Strathern suggests that English-speaking anthropologists can use relations as an analytic to better understand their disciplinary conventions, as well as think beyond these conventions to generate more critical analyses. This project will be of interest to students and scholars of anthropology and social theory"--
Transactions and creations : property debates and the stimulus of Melanesia( Book )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the early 21st century, intellectual and cultural resources emerge on all sides as candidates for ownership claims. Members of an anthropological research team investigating emergent economic relations in a part of the world renowned for its innovative approach to resources and transactions, wish to open up the vocabulary. In this unique volume, they bring an unexpected comparative perspective to global debates on intellectual and cultural property rights (IPR and CPR). The contributors bring from Melanesia their collective experience of people initiating, limiting and rationalizing claims through transactions in ways that challenge many of the assumptions behind the international language."--Jacket
Official and unofficial courts: legal assumptions and expectations in a highlands community by Marilyn Strathern( Book )

10 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The gender of the gift : problems with women and problems with society in Melanesia
Kinship, law and the unexpected : relatives are always a surpriseNature, culture, and genderShifting contexts : transformations in anthropological knowledgeWomen in between; female roles in a male world: Mount Hagen, New GuineaDealing with inequality : analysing gender relations in Melanesia and beyond : essays by members of the 1983/1984 Anthropological Research Group at the Research School of Pacific Studies, the Australian National UniversityAudit cultures : anthropological studies in accountability, ethics, and the academyPartial connectionsAfter nature : English kinship in the late twentieth century
Alternative Names
Evans Ann Marilyn

Marilyn Strathern anthropolegydd Cymreig

Marilyn Strathern anthropologue britannique

Marilyn Strathern antropóloga britânica

Marilyn Strathern antropologa britannica

Marilyn Strathern britische Soziologin

Marilyn Strathern British anthropologist

Marilyn Strathern Brits antropologe

Стратерн, Мэрилин

ماريلين ستراثيرن

مریلین استراتن

ਮਾਰੀਲਿਨ ਸਟਰੈਥਰਨ ਬਰਤਾਨਵੀ ਮਾਨਵ ਸ਼ਾਸਤਰੀ

스트래선, 메릴린 1941-