The myth of matriarchal prehistory: why an invented past won't give women a future

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Beacon Press, 2000 - Religion - 276 pages
In this lucide and fascinating volume, Eller traces the emergence of feminist matriarchal myth, explicates its functions, and examines the evidence for and against a matriarchal prehistory. Finally, she explains why this vision of peaceful, women-centered prehistory is something feminists should be wary of.

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User Review  - jen.e.moore - LibraryThing

This is an utterly fantastic book about feminist mythology, gender roles, and how we know things about prehistory. Eller is demolishing the idea that there was once a universal, feminist, matriarchal ... Read full review

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A clear and rigorous criticism of unfounded belief in a prehistoric "golden age" when women wielded power and authority, Eller approaches the issue thoroughly. She begins with the modern (19th century ... Read full review


Meeting Matriarchy
Popularizing the Past
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Eller is an independent scholar affiliated with Princeton University.

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