Power and Placement in Blood Practices

Stewart, Pamela J. and Strathern, Andrew (2002) Power and Placement in Blood Practices. Ethnology, 41 4: 349-363. doi:10.2307/4153013

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Author Stewart, Pamela J.
Strathern, Andrew
Title Power and Placement in Blood Practices
Journal name Ethnology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0014-1828
Publication date 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2307/4153013
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 41
Issue 4
Start page 349
End page 363
Total pages 15
Place of publication Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Publisher University of Pittsburgh
Language eng
Abstract Anthropologists writing on the Highlands societies of Papua New Guinea have stressed the variable importance of ideas of menstrual pollution as markers of gender relations. This article suggests an alternative approach to these ideas, emphasizing instead aspects of power, placement, complementarity, collaboration, and the moral agency of both genders. Turning to the ethnographic work of the 1960s, we contrast the writings of Salisbury and Meggitt and discuss the usefulness of the "three bodies" concept of Lock and Scheper-Hughes in the comparative analysis of body substances and their meanings in this region. The use of a collaborative model is helpful in such an overall analysis.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Special issue: Blood Mysteries: Beyond Menstruation as Pollution

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