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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.
The book challenges archaeologists to draw on wider feminist discourses in their interpretations of past societies and feminist scholars in other disciplines to consider the new engendered approaches to archaeology presented in the volume.
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.
1996 | 304 pages | 6 x 9 | 13 illus.
ISBN 978-0-8122-1574-8 | Paper | $22.50s | £15.00
World Rights | Archaeology, Anthropology, Women's/Gender Studies, History
Gender and Archaeology challenges archaeologists to draw on wider feminist discourses in their interpretations of past societies--and also challenges feminist scholars in other disciplines to consider new engendered approaches to archaeology.
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|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|