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On Interpreting Gender in Bugis Society
Susan Bolyard Millar
Vol. 10, No. 3 (Aug., 1983), pp. 477-493
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/644265
Page Count: 17
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This paper considers gender behavior in terms of the social and symbolic dynamics of Bugis society. The Bugis possess a gender system that is formally elaborated but does not comprise a primary organizational principle of their culture. Instead, women and men are absorbed equally in a preoccupation with social location. For both sexes hierarchical distinctions are differentiated in the same social continuum on the basis of what appears to be individual ascription and achievement. Patterns of gender differentiation merely comprise general paths--different for men, women, and calabai (male transvestites)--that individuals follow in their respective quests to know their social locations. [marriage customs, gender systems, South Sulawesi, interpretive anthropology]
American Ethnologist © 1983 American Anthropological Association