The thematic and comparative essays vary in how they are organized, not just in their topics. The authors were encouraged by the editors to structure their discussions as they saw fit. On the other hand, the articles on sex and gender in particular cultures follow the same format to provide maximum comparability. That is, the culture articles cover the same topics, the list of which we developed with the help of our Advisory Board (see the headings in boldface type below). If there is substantial variation within the culture (e.g., by class or gender), the author was instructed to discuss it, either in a particular section or at the end. A heading may be omitted if information on it is lacking or not applicable. The headings that follow are found in the vast majority of the articles to facilitate search and retrieval of information. Thus the reader may easily compare how the cultures of the world differ and are similar in the ways they deal with sex and gender.
The outline for the culture articles includes the following topics.
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