PINK, SARAH. (Mediterranea Ser.). viii, 233 pp., illus., bibliogr. Oxford, New York: Berg, 1997. [pounds]34.99 (cloth), [pounds]14.99 (paper)
In Women and bullfighting Sarah Pink traces the contested success of the female bullfighter Cristina Sanchez and what it reveals about Andalusian gender ideologies in the 1990s. She also discusses the roles of non-bullfighter women - the wife of the bullfighter, his mother, the 'beautiful spectator' - in the reproduction of the bullfight as a form of entertainment considered 'traditional' by performers and public alike. Pink succeeds in presenting both Andalusian sex/gender systems and the bullfight itself as multifaceted sociocultural phenomena in a process of constant transition. Lastly, she analyses the communication media as key arenas where gender identities and traditional practices are re-phrased or re-constituted.
Drawing on well-established anthropological conceptualizations of sex and gender, Pink criticizes earlier static and monolithic analyses both of gender in Andalusia and of the bullfight itself. Her concern in investigating...
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