Matrilineality

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  • Mosuo Culture Analysis

    The purpose of this essay is to explain the culture behind The Mosuo people. By using the “Barrel Model” I will break down the culture’s internal and external factors and how they have become a civilized society. The Barrel Model breaks elements or characteristics of a culture into three sections. The three sections that the model are broken into are Infrastructure, Social Structure, and Superstructure. The cultural aspect is what they value in beliefs or ideas, and the behaviors that come from these beliefs and values. These aspects have shaped the Mosuo people. The things that have shaped the society of the Mosuo people in infrastructure are substance and settlement. The topics in social structure are kinship and gender roles. Lastly, superstructure which focuses on Tisese and ideology. The Mosuo people who are also called Na are located in the upper highland around the Jinsha River in southwest China. The population of this society has around 40,000 people (Walsh, Eileen Rose). The climate in the summer is hot and dry and the winter is freezing cold. The native language of the Mosuo is Naru or Na, this language belongs to the Sino-Tibetan language family. Their language is spoken and has no written form. INFUSTRUCTURE Subsistence is the way people survive as individuals and as a society, in this society they believe in an agricultural society. They use a developed irrigation system, and the women perform all the work, while men work seasonally to plow and till the land…

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  • Rwanda Gender Equality

    As I have observed in Rwanda, assuming that non-patrilineal kinship systems encourage gender equality is simplistic. An array of sociological factors regulate ndividuals’ position in a given community and lineage is only one. However because of the link between inheritance and genealogy, it is safe to infer that the position of women in patrilineal and matrilineal societies are bound to somewhat differ. Moreover, I remain convinced that holding women as exclusive holders of group membership has…

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  • Cultural Relativism In Anthropology

    Final Exam How does the concept of ethnocentrism interfere with cultural pluralism? How do these concepts help or hinder the issues globally. Ethnocentrism is one of the main causes of division in race, creed and religion. These are learned behaviors because when we are children we may notice differences in color, race or language, but we are not born bias either way. Stereotyping, categorizing, generalizations and accusations affect us worldwide even within our own races. Cultural…

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  • Identity Among The Bribris Of Ghana And The Minangkabaus Of Indonesia

    Minangkabaus of Indonesia. I will immerse myself into each community to assess the ramifications of matrilineality in the social, political, economic and spiritual spheres. Through dialogues with adults and adolescents of all genders, I will identify gender-specific tasks and evaluate their social value. I will emphasize my exploration on domestic life, i.e. marriage and child-rearing, coming-of-age and popular culture. Additionally, I will consider the breadth and depth of women’s economic and…

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  • Challenges Of Gender Inequality

    not all gender discriminatory conceptions are discussed here, particular emphasis is on the role of women in warfare or another social struggle that typically involves violence and aggressiveness. Cross-cultural male supremacist complex Divale and Harris refer to the asymmetrical societal practices that favor males over females due to contribution in warfare. Speaking generally across sociocultural setting, they explore the structure of marriage and female infanticide population control…

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  • Perception Of Navajo Women Essay

    In Kendall Blanchard’s journal he stated the traditional role of Navajo woman is, “-due to nature of Navajo matrilineality, were usually owners of the sheep, and the inheritance operated through the female line.” ( 44). He used the information that Navajo women make the crucial decisions when it comes to the home. Since then Navajo women’s value or self-esteem had gone down. In another scholarly article the author states domestic violence is the common recurrence in many households. Domestic…

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