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The Spirit and the Flesh : Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture
by Walter L. Williams


Overview - Winner of the: Gay Book of the Year Award, American Library Association; Ruth Benedict Award, Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists; Award for Outstanding Scholarship, World Congress for Sexology
Author s note: Shortly after the second revised edition this book was published in 1992, the term "Two-Spirit Person" became more popular among native people than the older anthropological term "berdache." When I learned of this new term, I began strongly supporting the use of this newer term.
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More About The Spirit and the Flesh by Walter L. Williams
 
 
 
Overview
Winner of the: Gay Book of the Year Award, American Library Association; Ruth Benedict Award, Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists; Award for Outstanding Scholarship, World Congress for Sexology
Author s note: Shortly after the second revised edition this book was published in 1992, the term "Two-Spirit Person" became more popular among native people than the older anthropological term "berdache." When I learned of this new term, I began strongly supporting the use of this newer term. I believe that people should be able to call themselves whatever they wish, and scholars should respect and acknowledge their change of terminology. I went on record early on in convincing other anthropologists to shift away from use of the word berdache and in favor of using Two-Spirit. Nevertheless, because this book continues to be sold with the use of berdache, many people have assumed that I am resisting the newer term. Nothing could be further from the truth. Unless continued sales of this book will justify the publication of a third revised edition in the future, it is not possible to rewrite what is already printed, Therefore, I urge readers of this book, as well as activists who are working to gain more respect for gender variance, mentally to substitute the term "Two-Spirit" in the place of "berdache" when reading this text. -- Walter L. Williams, Los Angeles, 2006"

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780807046159
  • ISBN-10: 0807046159
  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • Publish Date: April 1992
  • Page Count: 368
  • Dimensions: 9.02 x 6.04 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.17 pounds


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Books > Social Science > Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Books > Social Science > LGBT Studies - Gay Studies
Books > Psychology > Human Sexuality (see also SOCIAL SCIENCE - Human Sexuality)

 
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