In Worlds of Gender ten prominent scholars consider the research on gender and archaeology that has been conducted around the world. The authors discuss the archaeological evidence for gender distinctions from Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Australia, Europe, Mesoamerica, North America, and South America. Although some regions of the world have only been studied sporadically, this volume brings together the totality of the evidence to make it possible to compare sexual roles and identities from far-flung cultures of vastly different time periods. Worlds of Gender is an excellent resource for comparative cultural studies and gender studies, as well as a useful examination of how gender roles affect social structures.
This volume is one of the most important studies of gender and archaeology. The diversity of themes covered is extremely impressive, reflecting the extent to which knowledge of gender and archaeology has evolved since the earliest works in the field were published. Researchers and students alike will find in this book a fascinating insight into the research being undertaken in different regions of the world, past and present.
1 Foreword Chapter 2 A Critical Appraisal of Gender Research in African Archaeology Chapter 3 Gender in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology Chapter 4 Gender and Archaeology in South and Southwest Asia Chapter 5 Gender and the Disciplinary Culture of Australian Archaeology Chapter 6 Gender Archaeology in Europe Chapter 7 Gender and Mesoamerican Archaeology Chapter 8 Gender Archaeology in Native North America Chapter 9 Gender in South American Archaeology