From House Structure to Gender Relations: Exploring the Na (Mosuo) of Yunnan Province, China
Keywords:Na (Mosuo), China, matrilineality, gender relations, house symbolism
Architectural features of houses are frequently loaded with meanings expressing fundamental values embedded in social relations. The symbolism of such features is a convenient starting point for exploring the organization of social life. Among the Na of Yunnan province house symbolism raises a range of questions relating to the character of gender relations and the universality of marriage. The qualitative cultural factors structuring gender interactions are analyzed by drawing on perspectives from role analysis. Finally the quantitative behavioral consequences of these interactions are documented.
Key words: Na (Mosuo); China; matrilineality; gender relations; house symbolism.
Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology Vol.3 2009 19-40