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A mean and miserable architecture repeats itself, jumbled streets like tapeworms affront the eye - the homes of miners pitched impermanently on the heaving, ravaged earth.
The unsubtle point of Strathern's analysis is to remove sex and affect from the consideration of social life and to make anatomy lose all meaning: 'differences between the sexes cannot be known in advance of the interaction between them,' because '[m]ale and female organs "in themselves" stand for a composite relation' any element of which is elicted situationally, impermanently, by identically-pansexual 'others' (Strathern 1988: 123, 129).
opposed to the mere union of an impermanently dating couple, would