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Left Hand Left Behind

The Changing Gender System of a Barrio in Valencia, Spain

This book is about gender: what society does with the biological fact of sex. The biological fact is a rather small thing. Men and women are different from each other but "not as different as day and night, earth and sky, yin and yang, life and death.

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Table of Contents

10

CONTENTS

13

Acknowledgements

15

PART A: PROBLEMS

15

Chapter 1. The changing gender system of Benituria.

23

Chapter 2. Changes in Spain.

38

Chapter 3. More food and more adultery.

46

Chapter 4. The tools.

58

PART B: PEOPLE

58

Chapter 5. Dimensions of experience.

74

Chapter 6. Ideal types: from self-sacrifice to selfrealization.

89

Chapter 7. Real women: from the village to the nudist beach.

115

PART C: PLACES

115

Chapter 8. The barrio as space.

119

Chapter 9. Women's public contexts.

135

Chapter 10. Associations as public fora.

149

Chapter 11. Creating new female contexts.

161

PART D: CHANGE

161

Chapter 12. Progress as a cultural construction.

171

Chapter 13. Divided Benituria - a midsummer nightexample.

174

Chapter 14. Progressivity and gender.

180

Chapter 15. The reconstruction of motherhood.

189

PART E: WORDS

189

Chapter 16. From statements to ideas.

197

Chapter 17. Gender themes.

224

Chapter 18. Themes of interaction.

236

Chapter 19. Two gender words in context.

243

PART F: PROCESS

243

Chapter 20. Conflicts.

256

Chapter 21. Contradictions.

274

Chapter 22. Conclusions.

284

APPENDIX A: Fieldwork.

290

APPENDIX B: Student assistant interviews.

295

APPENDIX C: Questionnaire.

306

NOTES

320

REFERENCES

338

Index