Peggy Sanday

United States

  • City, State: Chincoteague, VA
  • Geographic Location: North America
  • Languages: English, Indonesian

About me:

I am a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. I have written books on a variety of subjects including the origins of sexual inequality, which utilized a cross-cultural sample of the world's known and best described societies; cannibalism; fraternity gang rape on US college campuses. Based on many years of fieldwork in the world's largest matrilineal society, the Minangkabau of West Sumatra, I redefined the meaning of matriarchy as seen through the customs and rituals of the Minangakabau in a book entitled "Women at the Center."

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I write for change--so that my audience understands the major issues facing women. My work is ethnographic. I spent many years in a self-identified "matriarchate," the Minangkabau of West Sumatra, Indonesia, in order to learn about the meaning of matriarchy as seen through the eyes of a living people. I have written a book on my ethnography of the Minangakbau,this subject, and made a video of how matriarchy works in West Sumatra. I also have a photographic exhibition on this subject which I am submitting.

I'm passionate about:

Equity for the peoples of the world, female and male. Understanding the causes and solutions of violence against women. Understanding and writing about sexually equal societies.

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Peggy Reeves Sanday is an anthropologist, author and academic. "Eggi's Village: Life Among the Minangkabau of Indonesia" is a collection of photographs from a West Sumatra village, taken over a fifteen-year period. Below, Ms. Reeves describes her project, "Eggi's Village." Visit the online exhibition, published by the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, here.


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