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Foreword to the Thirtieth Anniversary Edition Preface to the First Edition Preface to the Second Edition 1. Woman's Day 2. The Land and the People 3. Beyond the Looking Glass 4. MundurucY Culture 5. Women in Myth and Symbol 6. The Woman's World 7. Women and Married Life 8. Women and Social Change 9. Women and Men Bibliography Index 03/12/0405 Murphy 00_toc.doc: vii vii

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One of the first works to focus on gender in anthropology, this book remains an important teaching tool on gender and life in the Amazon. Women of the Forest covers Yolanda and Robert Murphy's year of fieldwork among the Mundurucu people of Brazil in 1952, taking into account the historical, ecological, and cultural setting. The book features a new critical foreword written collectively by respected anthropologists who were all students of the Murphys.

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Yolanda Murphy, previously on the faculty of Empire State College (SUNY), is retired and lives in Medford, Oregon. Robert F. Murphy was professor of anthropology at Columbia University. R. Brian Ferguson, editor of the foreword, is professor of anthropology at Rutgers University-Newark.


A salute to women's liberation in a portrait of a fascinating primitive people. -- Margaret Mead Women of the Forest restores something of the balance that has been missing from conventional anthropology-an anthropology largely written by men-in giving this lucid account of the fundamental roles played by women in all societies. Very readable it sets the record straight for widely but wrongly held beliefs concerning many aspects of the roles of the sexes in all societies. -- Ashley Montagu

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