Gender Archaeology / Edition 1

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This major new textbook explores the relations between gender and archaeology, providing an innovative and important account of how material culture is used in the construction of gender. Throughout this lively and accessible text, Sorensen engages with the question of how gender is materially constituted, and examines the intersection of social and material concerns from the Palaeolithic Age to the present day.

Part One discusses a range of important general issues, beginning with an overview of the recent role of gender and gender relations in our appropriation of past societies. After introducing the debate about feminist or gender archaeology, Sorensen examines archaeology's concern with the sex/gender distinction, the nature of negotiation, and feminist epistemological claims in relation to archaeology. In Part Two, the author focuses on the materiality of gender, exploring it through case studies ranging from prehistory to contemporary society. Food, dress, space and contact are examined in turn, to show how they express and negotiate gender roles.

This illustrated textbook will be essential reading for students and scholars in archaeology, anthropology, material culture studies and women's studies.

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Editorial Reviews

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'This book is of the highest intellectual quality, carefully arguedin a non-confrontational tone. Sørenson's emphasis on whatarchaeology can contribute to the social science discussion aboutgender is a refreshing change from much of the existing literatureon the topic.' Elizabeth Scott, Zooarch Research

'For a penetrating analysis of the state of gender archaeologytoday, and an extended discussion of the ways in which archaeologycan best contribute to understanding gender, this book is extremelyimportant ... Clear and cogent, this book will be of interest toall archaeologists because of its emphasis on the materiality ofgender.' Journal of Anthropological Research

'This is not just another book about the history or nature ofgender archaeology or the problems associated with making womenvisible in the past. The author addresses these subjects, but alsocontributes both theoretical insights into defining gender andpractical approaches to excavating "gendered" objects ... Althoughengendering the archaeological record is a complex endeavor, shedocuments ways in whch it is an achievable goal. Her book isthorough, well footnoted and well argued.' Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745620152
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Jesus College, Cambridge (affiliation)

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations.



1. Gender into the Past.

2. Gender and Archaeology: a History.

3. Theorizing Gender: Sex and Gender.

4. Theorizing Gender: Negotiation and Practice.

5. The Materiality of Gender: The Gendered Object.


6. Food: The Performance of Feeding and Eating.

7. Dressing Gender: Identity through Appearance.

8. The Engendering of Space.

9. Contact: The Short-lived Triangle.

10. The Beginning: On Becoming Gendered.

11. Reflections.



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