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Engendering Gesture: Gender Performativity and Bodily Regimes from New Ireland

Eves, Richard


Following Marcel Mauss, who argued that the way people move and position their bodies is socially learned and culturally specific, I examine the ways that bodies move in one particular culture in Papua New Guinea, namely the Lelet. I extend Mauss' insights by drawing on the work of Judith Butler, who suggests that gender is a performance rather than instinctive. Looking at the kinds of actions Lelet women perform, I argue that these play an important part in constituting them as gendered...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, The
DOI: 10.1080/14442210903527820


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