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Estudos Feministas

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Abstract

BIRMAN, Patricia. "Entrancing and entwining": sex and gender in afro-brazilian cults, an  overview.Translated byRita de Souza Avila. Estud. fem. [online]. 2006, vol.1Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0104-026X.

By tracing back on the literature on Afro-Brazilian cults, this paper problematizes how gender issues have been approached in anthropological studies recently. It focuses mainly on the treatment given to women's perspectives regarding their conflicts in the realm of the family and how they partake in the ‘supernatural' entities of their lives. It also discusses how an objectivist anthropological perspective can hinder the recognition of religious constructs that attribute meaning to certain gender relations.

Keywords : possession; gender; family; trajectory; representation theories.

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