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Before and After Gender: Sexual Mythologies of Everyday Life Paperback – May 15 2016

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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: HAU (May 15 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986132535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986132537
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #562,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Before and After Gender prefigures at least four major concerns that Strathern has continued to develop in later work: relationality, personhood, law, and naturalization. Together, these encompass much of what has been innovative in studies of gender and kinship over the last several decades. Rather than a single focus on relationality, personhood, law, or naturalization, it is the intertwining of these themes that is intellectually productive.”
(Janet Carston Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute)

"In Before and After Gender, Strathern sought to challenge accepted conceptual frames. I join both Franklin and Butler in suggesting that Strathern, as usual, succeeded. Her arguments presented are still relevant today, and the precision, determination, intellectual independence and creativity with which she proceeded in these are timeless. This makes Before and After Gender indeed a worthwhile journey, one that has been a long time coming and is finally available to be embarked on."
(LSE Review of Books)


"In Before and After Gender, Strathern writes that she 'brings writing to bear on other writing in order to shift the viewpoint.' From the beginning, she has not so much shifted viewpoints as entirely retooled their optics, making viewpoints undo other viewpoints, and here she does it for gender and all its bumptious ethnographic and conceptual kin. Relationality has always been her subject; she studies relations with relations in order to understand how doing relations works, or in a more utopian vein, might yet work to make us ask better questions. No wonder her extraordinary early manuscript on gender as model and tool for doing relations does late work needed now, when social life everywhere is in theoretical and practical trouble."
(Donna Haraway, author of Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature)

"This book is more than one. It mobilizes anthropological tales to shake nineteen seventies Euro-American feminism out of provincial fantasies of universality. It presents contrasting cases of sexual binarism to demonstrate the relevance of concepts for anthropology, not just those in use in the societies it writes about but also those it uses in writing. And it tells about genders that are variously relational. How truly Strathernian to allow this intellectual ancestor to appear—outdated!—magically fresh!—so long after its prodigious offspring."
(Annemarie Mol, author of The Body Multiple: Ontology in Medical Practice)

"Marilyn Strathern’s 'lost manuscript' juggles ethnography, novels, and social criticism as it conjures a moment when the intersection of feminism and anthropology exploded with excitement. In a world in which 'theory' too often refers to almost theological dogma, here we watch a master immerse herself in the maelstrom of her material—spinning threads, casting reflections, posing comparisons—to show us how relations matter."
(Anna Tsing, author of The Mushroom at the End of the World)

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