chapter  4
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Anthropology rediscovers sexuality: A theoretical comment

WithCAROLE S. VANCE

This opening sentence from Alexander Goldenweiser’s essay, ‘Sex and Primitive Society’, suggests that sexuality has been an important focus for anthropological investigation. Indeed, such is the reputation anthropologists have bestowed upon themselves: fearless investigators of sexual customs and mores throughout the world, breaking through the erotophobic intellectual taboos common in other, more timid disciplines.