right/left culture

Mon, 28 Mar 1994 11:01:04 -0500

>Does anyone know of any good works revolving around how various societies
>view the left side of the body, and whether the denigration of the left and
>its associations is found outside of Western civilization? Do all cultures
>associate the left with the feminine, the passive, the negative, etc.? Is
>this a universal human phenomenon, or not?

_Right_and_Left:_ Essays_on_Dual_Symbolic_Classifications, edited by Rodney
Needham (University of Chicago Press, 1973) is full of facinating essays on the
topic. In terms of gender, my understanding is that males are much more likely
to be lefties than females, but I don't have the numbers at hand.