Matriarchal Societies: Studies on Indigenous Cultures Across the Globe, Revised Edition

  • By Heide Goettner-Abendroth
  • Pages 575
  • Year 2013
  • Publisher Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
  • Language en
  • ISBN 9781433125126
  • File Size 3.8 MB
  • File Format PDF
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Ebook Description

This book presents the results of Heide Goettner-Abendroth’s pioneering research in the field of modern matriarchal studies, based on a new definition of «matriarchy» as true gender-egalitarian societies. Accordingly, matriarchal societies should not be regarded as mirror images of patriarchal ones, as they have never needed patriarchy’s hierarchical structures of domination. On the contrary, matriarchal patterns are socially egalitarian, economically balanced, and politically based on consensus decisions. They have been created by women and are founded on maternal values. This new perspective on matriarchal societies is developed step by step by the analysis of extant indigenous cultures in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

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