In pursuit of gender: worldwide archaeological approaches

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AltaMira Press, 2002 - Social Science - 433 pages
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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 characterized by a greater specificity in methods, and the emergence of a social archaeology that considers the agency of both men and women.

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Transforming Gender
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Sarah Milledge Nelson is John Evans Professor of Archaeology at the University of Denver. She is a specialist in cultural development, the origins of agriculture, and gender in the ancient world. Recent books include The Archaeology of Korea (1993), The Archaeology of Northeast China (ed.)(1995), Handbook of Gender and Archaeology (2005), and two editions of the textbook Gender in Archaeology (1997/2004) which won the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award.

Myriam Rosen-Ayalon is Mayer of Professor of Islamic Art and Archeology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and one of the leading experts on the archaeology of the Islamic Middle East. She co-edited, with Sarah Milledge Nelson, the volume In Pursuit of Gender.

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