Are All Warriors Male?: Gender Roles on the Ancient Eurasian Steppe

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Are All Warriors Male? is a lively inquiry into questions of gender on the ancient Eurasian steppes. The contributors are archaeologists who work in eastern Europe, central Asia, and eastern Asia, and this volume is the result of their field research in this vast region. Little has been written about the evidence of gender roles in ancient-or modern-pastoralist societies, and this book fills an empty niche in our understanding of how sexual roles and identities have shaped and been shaped by such social and ...

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Overview

Are All Warriors Male? is a lively inquiry into questions of gender on the ancient Eurasian steppes. The contributors are archaeologists who work in eastern Europe, central Asia, and eastern Asia, and this volume is the result of their field research in this vast region. Little has been written about the evidence of gender roles in ancient-or modern-pastoralist societies, and this book fills an empty niche in our understanding of how sexual roles and identities have shaped and been shaped by such social and cultural circumstances. Are All Warriors Male? is a groundbreaking work that challenges current conceptions about the development of human societies in this great cauldron of humanity.

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Editorial Reviews

Bettina Arnold
The 'warrior woman' concept has captured the scholarly and popular imagination at least since Herodotus' excursus on the Amazons. Most treatments of this subject, however, have tended to focus on historically documented contexts. This edited volume of essays by leading scholars presents the archaeological evidence for the prehistoric social configurations of Eurasian steppe peoples. It is a timely and rigorously researched treatment of ancient societies in which the domain of war was not always exclusively male.
Adam Smith
This important book dramatically expands the archaeological analysis of gender. Geographically, it harnesses the rich conceptual apparatus concerning gender and social roles to the study of the vast Eurasian continent, which has slowly emerged as one of the most intellectually vibrant domains of ongoing archaeological work. Analytically, the volume's tight focus on the gendering of martial violence is equally groundbreaking. By revealing 'man the warrior' to be as trite as the long-abandoned 'man the hunter,' the book's contributors elevate the archaeological study of gender, warfare, and violence into new and sophisticated realms of inquiry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759110731
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2008
  • Series: Gender and Archaeology Series
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Katheryn M. Linduff is University Center for International Studies Professor of art history and archaeology at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in the study of early China and Inner Asia. Karen S. Rubinson is a research scholar in the Department of Anthropology at Barnard College.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables     vii
Foreword: Exploring Unknown Lands and Bringing New Worlds into Gender Studies   Rita P. Wright     xi
Acknowledgments     xxi
Introduction: The Nature of Nomads, Cultural Variation, and Gender Roles Past and Present   Katheryn M. Linduff   Karen S. Rubinson     1
The Warrior Culture: Myth and Identity
Reconsidering Warfare, Status, and Gender in the Eurasian Steppe Iron Age   Bryan Hanks     15
Arma Feminamque Cano: Warrior-Women in the Indo-European World   Karlene Jones-Bley     35
Tillya Tepe: Aspects of Gender and Cultural Identity   Karen S. Rubinson     51
Horses and the Gendering of Identity on the Steppe and Beyond
Women's Attire and Possible Sacred Role in 4th Millennium Northern Kazakhstan   Sandra Olsen   Deborah G. Harding     67
He Who Eats the Horse, She Who Rides It? Symbols of Gender Identity on the Eastern Edges of the Eurasian Steppe   Gideon Shelach     93
Horses and Gender in Korea: The Legacy of the Steppe on the Edge of Asia   Sarah Milledge Nelson     111
Marriage, Families, and Death on the Steppe
Women and Children in the Sargat Culture   Natalia Berseneva     131
Sorting Out Men and Women in the Karasuk Culture   Sophie Legrand     153
The Gender of Luxury and Power among the Xiongnu in Eastern Eurasia   Katheryn M. Linduff     175
Glossary of Chinese Terms     213
References     215
Index     255
About the Contributors     267

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