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Gender in archaeology : analyzing power and prestige

Author: Sarah M Nelson
Publisher: Walnut Creek, Calif. : AltaMira Press, ©1997.
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Sarah Milledge Nelson takes on the formidable task of attempting the first comprehensive feminist, theoretical synthesis of the flood of archaeological work on gender. She examines the roles of women and men in such areas as human origins, the sexual division of labor, kinship and other social formations, state development, and ideology. Nelson provides examples from gender-specific archaeological studies worldwide  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah M Nelson
ISBN: 0761991158 9780761991151 0761991166 9780761991168
OCLC Number: 36806884
Description: 240 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Gender as concept --
History of gender research in archaeology --
Power and prestige --
The constructed past --
The value of gendered archaeology --
Lens, mirror, or prism? --
Chapter organization --
Exploring gender in anthropology --
Scientific outsiders --
Women as archaeologists --
The hairy-chested and the hairy-chinned --
Remedies --
Conclusions --
Gender implications of archaeological theories --
Some principles for engendering archaeology --
Strategies for gender research --
Resources for engendering the past --
Conclusions --
Origins and evolution --
Evolution constructed as male --
Women's responses --
Primate research: our own reflection --
"Early man" studies, and the absence of "early woman" --
Gendering the European Paleolithic --
Conclusions --
Tool-makers: the critique --
Strategies for bringing women's tool-making to light --
Gathering and hunting: the critique --
Strategies for engendering hunting and gathering --
Farmers: the critique --
Food preparation: the critique --
Food preparation: archaeological examples --
Potters: the critique --
Strategies to engender pottery production --
Spinners, weavers, and tailors --
Conclusions --
Matriarchy, matrilineality, and matrilocality --
Kin organization: stylistic analysis --
Motherhood --
Daughters and sisterhood --
Wifehood --
Conclusions --
Traders --
Healers --
Religious leaders --
Warriors and athletes --
Leaders: big women, chiefs, and queens --
Conclusions --
Female figurines --
Ideology as mystification --
Conclusions --
Female figurines --
Ideology as mystification --
Conclusions --
Writing archaeology --
Cultural evolution and gender --
Agency and values --
Toward a gendered archaeology.
Responsibility: by Sarah Milledge Nelson.


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This excellent book provides an overview of the development and current state of feminist prehistoric archaeology... has an immense scope and will probably become a classic in the field. * Historical Read more...

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