Change in Attitudes Beliefs and Practices Regarding Gender

There are no specific data about changing gender practices or beliefs among the Mundugumor. All available evidence points to the conclusion that, despite the dramatic changes that have taken place during the past 100 years, gender roles and practices have been characterized by an essential continuity. Men and women are both assertive and engaged in advancing their own interests, and both take active roles in new public institutions such as church, school, and sports clubs. Although attenuated, polygyny is still practiced, and the ideal of brother-sister exchange marriage remains, although the extent to which it is currently achieved is not known. There is some evidence that the role of affines has increased in importance while that of the brother-sister tie has decreased, but that is speculation (McDowell, 1991).

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