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This important collection represents current thinking in feminist studies in archaeology. Its contributors are primarily anthropologists but the book also includes essays by a bioanthropologist and an historian of technology. All are leading scholars who, using a range of methodologies and theoretical frameworks, integrate gender into the central questions with which archaeologists have traditionally been concerned.

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This important collection represents current thinking in feminist studies in archaeology. Its contributors are primarily anthropologists but the book also includes essays by a bioanthropologist and an historian of technology. All are leading scholars who, using a range of methodologies and theoretical frameworks, integrate gender into the central questions with which archaeologists have traditionally been concerned.

A premise of Gender and Archaeology is that there is no single "archaeology of gender" but many "archaeologies of gender." Among the topics explored in the volume are women in early states, popular culture and "the Goddess Movement," "feminine" technologies, fertility and reproduction, feminist pedagogies, and day-to-day archaeological field practices. The societies the essays discuss are diverse and include the Maya, the Aztecs, the Inka, the Mesopotamians, 20th-century Americans, and the Dobe !Kung San.

Contributors include: Gillian Bentley, Elizabeth Brumfiel, Margaret Conkey, Cathy Lynne Costin, Joan Gero, Rosemary Joyce, Judith McGaw, Janet Romanowicz, Ruth Tringham, and the editor.

Rita P. Wright is Associate Professor of Anthropology at New York University.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780812233391
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Pages: 280

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Introduction: Gendered Ways of Knowing in Archaeology 1
1 How Did Prehistoric Women Bear "Man the Hunter"? Reconstructing Fertility from the Archaeological Record 23
2 Reconceiving Technology: Why Feminine Technologies Matter 52
3 Technology, Gender, and Class: Worlds of Difference in Ur III Mesopotamia 79
4 Exploring the Relationship Between Gender and Craft in Complex Societies: Methodological and Theoretical Issues of Gender Attribution 111
5 Figurines and the Aztec State: Testing the Effectiveness of Ideological Domination 143
6 The Construction of Gender in Classic Maya Monuments 167
7 Gendered Perspectives in the Classroom 199
8 Cultivating Thinking/Challenging Authority: Some Experiments in Feminist Pedagogy in Archaeology 224
9 Archaeological Practice and Gendered Encounters with Field Data 251
List of Contributors 281
Author Index 285
Subject Index 291
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