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Preface Barbara Diane Miller A note on the discussions at Mijas Elizabeth Colson Part I. Overview and Theoretical Perspectives: 1. The anthropology of sex and gender hierarchies Barbara Diane Miller 2. Sex differences and gender hierarchies among primates: an evolutionary perspective Adrienne Zihlman 3. The evolution of gender hierarchies: a trial formulation Marvin Harris Part II. Sex and Gender Hierarchies from Conception to Death: 4. Blood: cultural effectiveness of biological conditions Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin 5. Reproduction and gender hierarchy: amniocentesis in America Rayna Rapp 6. Variations in male-female dominance and offspring care in nonhuman primates Patricia C. Wright 7. Indexing gender Elinor Ochs 8. The politics of polygyny in Mende education and child fosterage transactions Caroline Bledsoe 9. Sexual repression, social control, and gender hierarchy in Sambia culture Gilbert Herdt 10. Primatological perspectives on gender hierarchies Joan B. Silk 11. Conjugal power in Tokugawa Japanese families: a matter of life and death G. William Skinner Part III. Complexity and Change in Gender Hierarchies: 12. Skeletal evidence for sex roles and gender hierarchies in prehistory Mark Nathan Cohen and Sharon Bennett 13. Gender hierarchy and the Queens of Silla Sarah M. Nelson 14. Gender hierarchy in Burma: cultural, social and psychological dimensions Melford E. Spiro 15. Turning the tables? Male strippers and the gender hierarchy in America Maxine O. Margolis and Marigene Arnold 16. Women in Samoan history: a further critique of Derek Freeman Eleanor Leacock 17. Sanskritization as female oppression in India Gerald D. Berreman Index.