Describe one ritual of gendered becoming (becoming a man or a woman) in one culture and the opportunities, status, knowledge, or power that this initiation produces

Instructions: Answer two questions: one from Section A and one from Section B.

You should try not to substantially repeat what you say in one answer in what you say in the other. You should also avoid too great an overlap between your answers

 

All questions can be answered by drawing on the required and recommended readings from the course guide— although, as with any piece of assessed work, evidence of wider reading may well score you higher marks. Your essays must contain proper referencing and a full bibliography. The bibliography which should include sources from both essays should follow your last essay.

 

Section A
Answer the following question. You should write a maximum of 1200 words.

 

  1. Describe one ritual of gendered becoming (becoming a man or a woman) in one culture and the opportunities, status, knowledge, or power that this initiation produces.

 

READINGS for ‘men’: (I can attach some PDFs if you need it)

You must use additional resources and FOCUS on one culture. American ethnologist might have some good examples of a culture to focus on. Please note ethnographic research and examples are fundamental.

 

Pascoe, C.J. (2011) ‘Becoming Mr. Cougar: Internalising Heterosexuality and Masculinity at River High’ Chapter 2 of C. J. Pascoe Dude, You’re a Fag, Berkeley, University of California Press.

Bonnemère, P. (2001) ‘Two Forms of Masculine Ritualized Rebirth: The Melanesian Body and the Amazonian Cosmos’, in Gregor, T. A. and Tuzin, D. Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia: An Exploration of the Comparative Method, Berkeley, University of California Press.

Sanday, P. R. (2007) ‘The Initiation Ritual: A Model for Life’ Chapter 6 in P. R. Sanday Fraternity Gang Rape, New York, New York University Press.

Recommended Readings

Fausto-Sterling, A. (1997) ‘How to Build a Man’ in V. A. Rosario Science and Homosexualities, New York, Routledge.

Osella, C. and Osella, F. (2006) ‘How to Make a Man?’ Chapter 2 in C. Osella and F. Osella Men and Masculinities in South India, London, Anthem Press.

Evers, C. (2009) ‘The Point’: Surfing, Geography and a Sensual Life of Men and Masculinity on the Gold Coast, Australia’, Social and Cultural Geography, 10(8), pp. 893-908

Sen, A. (2011) ‘Surviving Violence, Contesting Victimhood: Communal Politics and the Creation of Child-Men in an Urban Indian Slum’, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 34(2), pp. 276-297.

 

READINGS for ‘Women’: READINGS for ‘men’: (I can attach some PDFs if you need it)

You must use additional resourced and FOCUS on one culture. Ethnographic examples are fundamental

 

 

Required Readings

Boddy, Janice 1997. Womb as oasis. The symbolic context of pharaonic circumcision ien rural northern Sudan. In R. Lancaster and M. di Leonardo (eds.) The Gender/Sexuality Reader: Culture, History, Political Economy. New York and London: Routledge. pp 309– 324.

Boddy, J. (2016) ‘The Normal and the Aberrant in Female Genital Cutting’, HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 6 (2), pp. 41-69

Blum, Virginia (2003) ‘Addicted to Surgery’ in V. Blum Flesh Wounds, Berkeley, University of California Press.

Jie, Y (2011) ‘Nennu and Shunu: Gender, Body Politics, and the Beauty Economy in China’, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 36(21), pp. 333-357

Edmonds, A. (2007) ‘’The Poor Have the Right to Be Beautiful’: Cosmetic Surgery in Neoliberal Brazil’, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 13, pp. 363-381.

Werbner, P. (2009) ‘The Hidden Lion: Twapong Girls’ Puberty Rituals and the Problem of History’, American Ethnologist, 36 (3), pp. 441-458.

 

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