Women's Status in Egalitarian Society: Implications for Social Evolution [and Comments and Reply]

  title={Women's Status in Egalitarian Society: Implications for Social Evolution [and Comments and Reply]},
  author={Eleanor Burke Leacock and Virginia Abernethy and Amita Bardhan and Catherine Helen Berndt and Judith K. Brown and Beverly N. Chi{\~n}as and Ronald Cohen and Jules de Leeuwe and Regula Egli-Frey and Claire R. Farrer and Valerie Fennell and Maureen Giovannini and Brigitta Hauser-Sch{\"a}ublin and Anna‐Britta Hellbom and Knud-Erik Jensen and Kirsten J{\o}rgensen and Ann Mcelroy and Verena Martinez‐Alier and Nalini Natarajan and Marilyn Strathern and Susan Snow Wadley},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={247 - 275}
The analysis of women's status in egalitarian society is inseparable from the analysis of egalitarian social-economic structure as a whole, and concepts based on the hierarchical structure of our society distort both. To see relations of power and property that characterize our society as present in band societies, although extremely weak, obscures the qualitatively different relations that obtained when, in place of dyadic lines of dependency, each individual was dependent upon the group as a… 
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