Ahern, Emily M.. The power and pollution of Chinese women

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The power and pollution of Chinese women

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Studies in Chinese society, edited by Arthur P. Wolf

Published By: Original publisher Studies in Chinese society, edited by Arthur P. Wolf Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press. 1978. 269-290, 362-363 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Emily M. Ahern

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Taiwan Hokkien (AD05)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Gender status (562); Purification and atonement (783); Ethnoanatomy (826); Menstruation (841); Childbirth (844);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This essay considers the polluting or dangerous powers of women in the light of women's ambiguous social position and Taiwanese notions of ideal family structure. The key problem appears to be not one of popular belief in the inherent inferiority of women per se, but rather women's close association with substances that are ritually unclean (e.g., menstrual blood), and their status as outsiders in a kinship system focused on male lines of descent. Conditions in which women are thought to be dangerous or anomalous, such as during pregnancy, childbirth, and widowhood, are discussed in detail along with more general Chinese notions of clean and unclean bodily substances.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 29

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. ad05-029

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliography

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1969-1972

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. M. A. Marcus

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). not specified

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Ch'i-nan village, Taipei hsien, Hai-shan region, Taiwan

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Taiwanese


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