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"Women's Business Is Hard Work: Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Love Rituals"

by Bell, Diane (1981)


To appreciate the impact of the changes wrought by the colonization of aboriginal land in Australia, one mustfirst appreciate the quality of gender segregation in the aboriginal society. While devastating for aboriginal men and women alike, segregation has affected the two sexes differently because of the sex-segregated natureof their society and the male- oriented nature of the colonial power. The twin assumptions that gender values are ordered in an unchanging, rigid, hierarchical structure and that men are the most important social …

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Women, Segregation, Aboriginal, Indigenous, Gender, Colonialism, Australia


Women and Work, Anthropology of Work

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