• Social Science

Engendering Archaeology

Women and Prehistory
Author: Joan M. Gero,Margaret W. Conkey
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9780631175018
Category: Social Science
Page: 436
View: 4030
This pathbreaking book brings gender issues to archaeology for the first time, in an explicit and theoretically informed way. In it, leading archaeologists from around the world contribute original analyses of prehistoric data to discover how gender systems operated in the past.

    • Social Science

Gender in Archaeology

Analyzing Power and Prestige
Author: Sarah M. Nelson
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 0759104956
Category: Social Science
Page: 213
View: 5208
'Gender in Archaeology' provides a feminist theoretical synthesis of the flood of archaeological work on gender. The author examines the roles of women & men in areas as human origins, the sexual division of labour, kinship & other social formations.

    • Social Science

Reader in Gender Archaeology

Author: Kelley Hays-Gilpin
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415173599
Category: Social Science
Page: 383
View: 1848
This Reader in Gender Archaeology presents nineteen current, controversial and highly influential articles which confront and illuminate issues of gender in prehistory. The question of gender difference and whether it is natural or culturally constructed is a compelling one. The articles here, which draw on evidence from a wide range of geographic areas, demonstrate how all archaeological investigation can benefit from an awareness of issues of gender. They also show how the long-term nature of archaeological research can inform the gender debate across the disciplines. The volume: * organizes this complex area into seven sections on key themes in gender archaeology: archaeological method and theory, human origins, division of labour, the social construction of gender, iconography and ideology, power and social hierarchies and new forms of archaeological narrative * includes section introductions which outline the history of research on each topic and present the key points of each article * presents a balance of material which rewrites women into prehistory, and articles which show how the concept of gender informs our understanding and interpretation of the past.

    • Social Science

In Pursuit of Gender

Worldwide Archaeological Approaches
Author: Sarah M. Nelson,Myriam Rosen-Ayalon
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 9780759100879
Category: Social Science
Page: 433
View: 9809
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    • History

Engendering Aphrodite

Women and Society in Ancient Cyprus
Author: Diane R. Bolger,Nancy J. Serwint
Publisher: Amer School of Oriental
Category: History
Page: 457
View: 9819
This is a collection of papers which focus on issues of gender and society in ancient Cyprus from the Neolithic to Roman periods.

    • Social Science

A Companion to Gender Prehistory

Author: Diane Bolger
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118294262
Category: Social Science
Page: 672
View: 8354
An authoritative guide on gender prehistory for researchers, instructors and students in anthropology, archaeology, and gender studies Provides the most up-to-date, comprehensive coverage of gender archaeology, with an exclusive focus on prehistory Offers critical overviews of developments in the archaeology of gender over the last 30 years, as well as assessments of current trends and prospects for future research Focuses on recent Third Wave approaches to the study of gender in early human societies, challenging heterosexist biases, and investigating the interfaces between gender and status, age, cognition, social memory, performativity, the body, and sexuality Features numerous regional and thematic topics authored by established specialists in the field, with incisive coverage of gender research in prehistoric and protohistoric cultures of Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Pacific

    • Social Science


The Discipline of Things
Author: Bjørnar Olsen
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520274164
Category: Social Science
Page: 255
View: 7010
“This book exhorts the reader to embrace the materiality of archaeology by recognizing how every step in the discipline’s scientific processes involves interaction with myriad physical artifacts, ranging from the camel-hair brush to profile drawings to virtual reality imaging. At the same time, the reader is taken on a phenomenological journey into various pasts, immersed in the lives of peoples from other times, compelled to engage their senses with the sights, smells, and noises of the publics and places whose remains they study. This is a refreshingly original and provocative look at the meaning of the material culture that lies at the foundation of the archaeological discipline.”—Michael Brian Schiffer, author of The Material Life of Human Beings “This volume is a radical call to fundamentally rethink the ontology, profession, and practice of archaeology. The authors present a closely reasoned, epistemologically sound argument for why archaeology should be considered the discipline of things, rather than its more commonplace definition as the study of the human past through material traces. All scholars and students of archaeology will need to read and contemplate this thought-provoking book.”—Wendy Ashmore, Professor of Anthropology, UC Riverside "A broad, illuminating, and well-researched overview of theoretical problems pertaining to archaeology. The authors make a calm defense of the role of objects against tedious claims of 'fetishism.'"—Graham Harman, author of The Quadruple Object

    • Social Science

Feminisms in the Academy

Author: Domna C. Stanton,Abigail J. Stewart
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472065660
Category: Social Science
Page: 361
View: 2015
Brings together essays by leading scholars to explore the profound impact of feminist scholarship on the major academic disciplines.

    • Social Science

The Archaeology of Gender

Separating the Spheres in Urban America
Author: Diana diZerga Wall
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 148991210X
Category: Social Science
Page: 242
View: 3258
Historical archaeologists often become so involved in their potsherd patterns they seldom have time or energy left to address the broader processes responsi ble for the material culture patterns they recognize. Some ofus haveurged our colleagues to use the historical record as a springboard from which to launch hypotheses with which to better understand the behavioral and cultural pro cesses responsible for the archaeological record. Toooften, this urging has re sulted in reports designed like a sandwich, having a slice of "historical back ground," followed by a totally different "archaeological record," and closed with a weevil-ridden slice of "interpretation" of questionable nutritive value for understanding the past. The reader is often left to wonder what the archae ological meat had to do with either slice of bread, since the connection be tween the documented history and the material culture is left to the reader's imagination, and the connection between the interpretation and the other disparate parts is tenuous at best. The plethora of stale archaeological sandwiches in the literature has re sulted at the methodological level from a too-narrow focus on the specific history and archaeology ofa site and the individuals involvedon it, rather than a focus on the explanation of broader processes of culture to which the actors and events at the site-specific level responded.

    • Feminist criticism

What This Awl Means

Feminist Archaeology at a Wahpeton Dakota Village
Author: Janet Spector
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
ISBN: 9780873517577
Category: Feminist criticism
Page: 161
View: 2722
This pioneering work focuses on excavations and discoveries at Little Rapids, a 19th-century Eastern Dakota planting village near present-day Minneapolis.

    • Social Science

Gendered Labor in Specialized Economies

Archaeological Perspectives on Female and Male Work
Author: Sophia E. Kelly,Traci Ardren
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
ISBN: 1607324830
Category: Social Science
Page: 412
View: 4999
Prehistoric economic relationships are often presented as genderless, yet mounting research highlights the critical role gendered identities play in the division of work tasks and the development of specialized production in pre-modern economic systems. In Gendered Labor in Specialized Economies, contributors combine the study of gender in the archaeological record with the examination of intensified craft production in prehistory to reassess the connection between craft specialization and the types and amount of work that men and women performed in ancient communities. Chapters are organized by four interrelated themes crucial for understanding the implications of gender in the organization of craft production: craft specialization and the political economy, combined effort in specialized production, the organization of female and male specialists, and flexibility and rigidity in the gendered division of labor. Contributors consider how changes to the gendered division of labor in craft manufacture altered other types of production or resulted from modifications in the organization of production elsewhere in the economic system. Striking a balance between theoretical and methodological approaches and presenting case studies from sites around the world, Gendered Labor in Specialized Economies offers a guide to the major issues that will frame future research on how men’s and women’s work changes, predisposes, and structures the course of economic development in various societies. Contributors: Alejandra Alonso Olvera, Traci Ardren, Michael G. Callaghan, Nigel Chang, Cathy Lynne Costin, Pilar Margarita Hernández Escontrías, A. Halliwell, Sue Harrington, James M. Heidke, Sophia E. Kelly, Brigitte Kovacevich, T. Kam Manahan, Ann Brower Stahl, Laura Swantek, Rita Wright, Andrea Yankowski

    • Europe

Women in Prehistory

Author: Margaret Ehrenberg,Margaret R. Ehrenberg
Publisher: N.A
Category: Europe
Page: 192
View: 5126
" "ocial attitudes in our culture have led to the assumption that early advances in human knowledge were the achievements of men; the role of women in prehistoric times has been largely overlooked. In this thought-provoking book, however, Margaret Ehrenberg argues that the true contribution of women especially in the discovery and development of agriculture was much greater than has been acknowledged to date. Examining the evidence from archaeological, anthropological, and classical documentary sources, Ehrenberg throws new light on the lives of women and their social status in Europe from the Palaeolithic era to the Iron Age. The relationship between the role of women and economic production is a central theme of this survey. In Bronze Age and Iron Age societies individual women are seen to be in positions of power. Although available evidence is fragmentary and often controversial, Ehrenberg shows how information can be gathered from skeletons and grave goods found in burials, from settlement sites, from rock carvings and sculpted figurines, as well as from anthropological parallels, to enable significant inferences to be drawn about the life of prehistoric women.

    • History

Women in Archaeology

Author: Cheryl Claassen
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812215090
Category: History
Page: 252
View: 5313
"Pt. 1 of this collection presents a history of women in Americanist archaeology, including a biography of Dorothy Hughes Popenoe who conducted early stratigraphic excavations in Honduras. Pt. 2 focuses on the current status of North American women in Me

    • Family & Relationships

Engendering social dynamics

the archaeology of maintenance activities
Author: Sandra Montón-Subías,Margarita Sánchez Romero
Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Ltd
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 95
View: 9736
A selection of some of the papers presented at two international workshops: Women and Maintenanceactivities in times of change and Interpreting household practices: reflections on the social and cultural roles of maintenance activities, which were held in Barcelona in November 2005 and November 2007. These two workshops were co-organised by the Centre d'Estudis del Patrimoni Arqueològic de la Prehistòria-CEPAP (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) and by the Departament d'Humanitats (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain). Contents: Introduction: Engendering social dynamics. The archaeology of maintenance activities. An introduction (Paloma González-Marcén, Sandra Montón-Subías, Marina Picazo, and Margarita Sánchez-Romero); 2) Chapter 1. Towards an archaeology of maintenance activities (Paloma González-Marcén, Sandra Montón-Subías and Marina Picazo); Chapter 2. Why has history not appreciated maintenance activities? (Almudena Hernando); Chapter 3. Thought on a method for zooarchaeological study of quotidian life (Diane Gifford-González); Chapter 4. The technics of the American Home (Francesca Bray ); Chapter 5. Sun Disks and solar cycles: weaving and the down of solar cosmologies in Post-Classical Mexico (Elisabeth Brumfiel ); Chapter 6. Nurturing the dead: medieval women as family undertakers (Roberta Gilchrist); Chapter 7. Maintenance activities in the funerary record. The case of Iberian cemeteries (Antonia García-Luque and Carmen Risquez ); Chapter 8. Greek terracota figurines: images and representations of everyday life (Marina Picazo );Chapter 9. Grinding to a Halt: Gender and the Changing Technology of Flour Production in Roman Galilee (Carol Meyers); Chapter 10. Changing foodways: new strategies in food preparation, serving and consumption in the Bronze Age of the Iberian Peninsula (Margarita Sánchez-Romero and Gonzalo Aranda); Chapter 11. "Spun on a wheel were women's hearts". Women between ideology and life in the Nordic past (Liv Helga Dommasnes).

    • Social Science

Women in Ancient America

Author: Karen Olsen Bruhns,Karen E. Stothert
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 9780806131696
Category: Social Science
Page: 343
View: 1506
This first comprehensive work on women in precolumbian American cultures describes gender roles and relationships in North, Central, and South America from 12,000 B.C. to the 1500s A.D. Utilizing many key archaeological works, Karen Olsen Bruhns and Karen E. Stothert redress some of the long-standing male bias in writing about ancient Native American lifeways. Bruhns and Stothert focus on several of the most thought-provoking areas of study in the Americas: the origins of agriculture, the development of complex societies, the evolution of religious systems, and the interpretation of art and mortuary materials. The authors pay particular attention to the problems of interpreting archaeological remains and the uses of historic and ethnographic evidence in reconstructing the past.

    • Social Science

Archaeological Theory in a Nutshell

Author: Adrian Praetzellis
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315434350
Category: Social Science
Page: 344
View: 2059
Adrian Praetzellis provides a brief, readable introduction to contemporary theoretical models used in archaeology for the undergraduate or beginning graduate student. He demystifies a dozen flavors of contemporary theory for the theory-phobic reader, providing a short history of each, its application in archaeology, and an example of its use in recent work. The book: teaches about different contemporary archaeological theories including postcolonialism, neoevolutionism, materiality, and queer theoy is written in accessible language with key examples for each theory includes illustrations and cartoons by the author provides questions at the end of each chapter to facilitate discussion.

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

Representations of Gender From Prehistory To the Present

Author: NA NA
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1349623318
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 242
View: 4708
Focusing primarily on visual forms of representation, but also including material on literary representation, this volume brings together studies as apparently disparate as the iconography of power in Mediterranean prehistory and clothing and cultural meaning in the First and Second World Wars. What draws these chapters together is the common focus on how the scholar of the twenty-first century can pursue the interpretation of past representational cultural production from a gendered perspective. The fruit of research by academics from the fields of archaeology, classics and ancient history, art history and social history, and from both sides of the Atlantic, this volume is a fascinating introduction to a developing field.

    • History

Native American Landscapes

An Engendered Perspective
Author: Cheryl Claassen
Publisher: Univ Tennessee Press
ISBN: 9781621902539
Category: History
Page: N.A
View: 6017