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Learning Objectives:

  • Identify ways in which culture shapes sex/gender and sexuality.
  • Describe ways in which gender and sexuality organize and structure the societies in which we live.
  • Assess the range of possible ways of constructing gender and sexuality by sharing examples from different cultures, including small-scale societies.
  • Analyze how anthropology as a discipline is affected by gender ideology and gender norms.
  • Evaluate cultural “origin” stories that are not supported by anthropological data.


From first edition of the book "Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology" published in 2017. Read the most current edition of this book.

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