In Pursuit Of Gender / Edition 1

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Overview

Written by a distinguished group of feminist archaeologists, In Pursuit of Gender examines the role of gender in archaeology, an area that has long been neglected. The chapters in this volume represent sites and cultures that have been interpreted or reinterpreted from the perspective of gender, exploding old assumptions about women and the roles they held. Greatly illuminating the subject of gender from the perspective of their own regional traditions, the authors take the reader through an authoritative and comprehensive discussion of gender archaeology in Asia, Africa, North and South America. Societies represented include hunter-gatherers, early horticulturalists, incipient and well-developed states, historic communities, as well as ethnoarchaeological explorations. The chapters are characterised by a greater specificity in methods, and the emergence of a social archaeology that considers the agency of both men and women. In Pursuit of Gender advances the study of gender in archaeology with detailed data, a world-wide scope and carefully reasoned conclusions that move into new territory, paving the way towards further research in gender-based theory.
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Editorial Reviews

H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online, July 2002 - Jodi Barnes
In Pursuit of Gender attempts to recreate the dialogue between theory and methodology and shows how differing theoretical perspectives and methodologies can be utilized in the search for gender in the archaeological past.... the text offered me new ways to consider the study of gender and archaeology. The articles in this volume help show how women may differ within a single culture by age, class, marital status, presence or absence of children, and the kinds of work they do. With its emphasis on worldwide perspectives and gendered interpretations, this text would be great for introductory courses as well as graduate courses in archaeological theory, methodology and, of course, gender.
Historical Archaeology - David T. Palmer
This edited volume succeeds in bringing together rigorous archaeological studies from around the world, with a variety of methods and theoretical approaches represented. It is highly suitable as a textbook for archaeological method and theory as well as gender in archaeology courses. I also recommend it as a valuable resource for those interested in current approaches in the study of gender in archaeology, especially archaeologists who do not specialize in gender.
Midwest Book Review
An impressive compendium of contributions by distinguished and notable feminist archaeologists... In Pursuit of Gender offers an authoritative, comprehensive, scholarly discussion of gender archaeology in Asia and Africa, as well as in North and South America.... A highly recommended and welcome addition to reading lists and reference collections in the academic fields of Archaeology; Women's Studies; and the History of Science.
Historical Archaeology
This edited volume succeeds in bringing together rigorous archaeological studies from around the world, with a variety of methods and theoretical approaches represented. It is highly suitable as a textbook for archaeological method and theory as well as gender in archaeology courses. I also recommend it as a valuable resource for those interested in current approaches in the study of gender in archaeology, especially archaeologists who do not specialize in gender.
— David T. Palmer
The Midwest Book Review
An impressive compendium of contributions by distinguished and notable feminist archaeologists... In Pursuit of Gender offers an authoritative, comprehensive, scholarly discussion of gender archaeology in Asia and Africa, as well as in North and South America.... A highly recommended and welcome addition to reading lists and reference collections in the academic fields of Archaeology; Women's Studies; and the History of Science.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759100879
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Gender and Archaeology Series , #1
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,453,874
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Milledge Nelson is John Evans Professor of Archaeology at the University of Denver, where she is faculty in the Anthropology Department and Director of Asian Studies. Some recent books include The Archaeology of Korea (1993), The Archaeology of Northeast China (ed.)(1995), and Gender in Archaeology (1997) which won the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award. Myriam Rosen-Ayalon is Mayer Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology at Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
I Gender Ideology 9
2 Gender in the South Italian Neolithic: A Combinatory Approach 15
3 Soul Birds and Heavenly Cows: Transforming Gender in Predynastic Egypt 43
4 Through the Looking Glass: Reflections on Mirrors, Gender, and Use among Nomads 67
5 Ideology, Power, and Gender: Emergent Complex Society in Northeastern China 73
6 Beauty, Sexuality, Body Ornamentation, and Gender in Ancient Meso-America 81
7 Men, Women, and Eland: Hunting and Gender among the San of Southern Africa 93
II Gender Roles 119
8 The Impact of Women on Household Economies: A Maya Case Study 125
9 Beyond Complementarity and Hierarchy: New Definitions for Archaeological Gender Relations 155
10 The Enigma of Gender in the Archaeological Record of the Andaman Islands 173
11 Gender Roles Depicted in Rock Art: A Case from Western Thailand 187
12 Women in the Prehistory of Mainland Southeast Asia 207
13 Mothers' Workloads and Children's Labor during the Woodland Period 225
III Gender Relations 235
14 "Sein und Werden": Gender as Process in Mortuary Ritual 239
15 Women's Lives Memorialized in Burial in Ancient China at Anyang 257
16 The Female Figure in Umayyad Art 289
17 Accessing Prestige and Power: Women in the Political Economy of Protohistoric and Early Historic Visayan Polities 307
18 Gender in Japanese Prehistory 323
19 Gender in Human Evolution: Sociobiology Revisited and Revised 355
Bibliography 377
Index 413
About the Contributors 427
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