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Myths of Male Dominance: Collected Articles on Women Cross-Culturally

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“Highly recommended, both as a critically presented state-of-the-art discussion and as an account of how one’s personal/political history informs the process of scientific inquiry.”—Choice

This classic anthropological study debunks the many myths behind the idea of “natural” male superiority. Drawing on extensive historical and cross-cultural research, Eleanor Burke Leacock
Paperback, 344 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Haymarket Books (first published January 1st 1981)
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Jan 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Make no mistake: Myths of Male Dominance is a classic college textbook. The writing is less than engaging; the many diagrams are somewhat difficult to read (especially for an un-acclimated reader like myself), and there is a lot of information packed into very little space. It is, essentially, a dissertation in published form.

Eleanor Burke Leacock writes:

I realized I had already written a book, for my papers fell naturally into three categories. The first consists of my work on the Montagnais-N
May 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
Too often academics extend recent developments into the realm of history. Furthermore, they confuse what is created with what is inevitable, what is nurtured with what is natural, and they fail to recognize the relationships between these processes, how they impact one another (many of these things shouldn't be thought of as 'opposing,' nature and nurture both affect a person, for instance), and how material forces impact humans.
Thankfully, astute scholars such as Leacock exist to point out mis
Anand Gopal
Sep 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: social-theory
A useful review of some anthropological research into the question male dominance. The author spent some years studying the Montaigne-Naskapi people of Canada, where she develops her central argument (following Engels) that male dominance is culturally contrived and not a part of human nature. There are some fascinating insights into the egalitarian nature and gender equality that apparently existed amongst the Montaigne-Naskapi people before the arrival of European colonialism. Leacock also bri ...more
Alfie Hancox
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Needs to be part of Marxist canon
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Eleanor Leacock was a unique individual whose political life spanned both academics and the world of struggle. She was an anthropologist who was also a Communist Party sympathizer, blacklisted from tenured faculty positions for a number of years until she was finally hired full-time in the City University of New York system in 1972. Leacock always saw her extensive theoretical writing as work in t ...more

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