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Sex, Status, and Authority in Egalitarian Society

Elsie B. Begler
American Anthropologist
New Series, Vol. 80, No. 3 (Sep., 1978), pp. 571-588
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/677013
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

Disagreement exists concerning the nature of relations between the sexes in foraging societies. The crucial issue concerns the quality of interactions across rather than within sexual boundaries. Approaching the problem in terms of a political analysis allows cross-cultural comparisons utilizing behavioral data. While all foraging societies are egalitarian within sexual boundaries, not all are egalitarian across sexual boundaries. The analytic usefulness of two subtypes of egalitarian society, the "pure-egalitarian" and the "semi-egalitarian," is suggested.

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