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Handbook of Gender in Archaeology

Edited by Sarah Milledge Nelson - Contributions by Benjamin Alberti; Bettina Arnold; Wendy Ashmore; Elisabeth A. Bacus; Diane Bolger; Karen Olsen Bruhns; Hetty Jo Brumbach; Elizabeth M. Brumfiel; Bonnie J. Clark; Pam Crabtree; Virginia Ebert; Julia A. Hendon; Sandra E. Hollimon; Robert Jarvenpa; RosemaryA Joyce; Janet E. Levy; Diane Lyons; Emer O'Donnell; Thomas C. Patterson; Jane D. Peterson; Carla M. Sinopoli; Claire Smith; Marie Louise Stig Sørensen; Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood; Barbara L. Voss; Kathryn Weedman; Ruth Whitehouse and Laurie A. Wilkie

The pursuit of gender in the archaeological record is explored in this exciting new collection of essays by renowned archaeologists and gender theorists. These essays place gender in the context of the past, by approaching the data in light of the previous decades of gender research. Issues such as tool-making, hunting, and evolution take on new meaning as the contributors examine the impact of gender worldwide. They do so in terms of the theories, methods, and ways of teaching and learning amassed through archaeological data. These essays provide insight into the study of gender in archaeology and will prove valuable to the scholarship of gender-based theory. « less more »
AltaMira Press
Pages: 928Size: 6 3/4 x 9 3/4
978-0-7591-0678-9 • Hardback • July 2006 • $196.00 • (£130.00)
Sarah Milledge Nelson is John Evans Professor of Archaeology at the University of Denver in the anthropology department and director of Asian studies.
Part 1 Introduction,Theoretical and Thematic Issues
2 Chapter 1: Methods in Feminist and Gender Archaeology: A Feeling for Difference-and Likeness
3 Chapter 2: Feminist Theory and Gender Research in Historical Archaeology
4 Chapter 3: Gender, Things, and Material Culture
5 Chapter 4: Gender and Mortuary Analysis
6 Chapter 5: The Engendered Household
7 Chapter 6: Gender and Landscape
8 Chapter 7: Gender, Heterarchy and Hierarchy
9 Chapter 8: Gender and Ethnoarchaeology
10 Chapter 9: Gender in Classical Archaeology
11 Part 2: Identities,Chapter 10: The Prism of Self: Gender and Personhood
12 Chapter 11: Sexuality
13 Chapter 12: Archaeology, Men and Masculinities
14 Chapter 13: The Archaeology of Non-Binary Genders in Native North America
15 Part 3: Subsistence Strategies Chapter 14: Gender in Human Evolution
16 Chapter 15: Gender Dynamics in Hunter-Gatherer Society: Archaeological Methods and Perspectives
17 Chapter 16: Gender and Early Farming Societies
18 Chapter 17: Women, Gender, and Pastorialism
19 Part 4: World Regions Chapter 18: A Critical Appraisal of Gender Research in African Archaeology
20 Chapter 19: Gender in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology
21 Chapter 20: Gender and Archaeology in South and Southwest Asia
22 Chapter 21: Gender and (the Disciplinary Structure of) Australian Archaeology
23 Chapter 22: Gender Archaeology in Europe
24 Chapter 23: Gender and Mesoamerican Archaeology
25 Chapter 24: Gender Archaeology in Native North America
26 Chapter 25: Gender in South American Archaeology
This comprehensive volume is the most important work to come out on gender and archaeology for over a decade. The diversity of themes covered is extremely impressive and reflects the extent to which research on gender and archaeology has evolved since the earlier works in the field were published. Researchers and student alike will find in this book a fascinating insight into the research being undertaken out in different regions and on the interest in gender issues, both past and present.
Stephanie Moser, University of Southampton

Sarah Milledge Nelson is a prominent scholar whose influence both on and within this developing field has been substantial. In this weighty volume (in ideas as well as pages), Nelson and her colleagues focus on issues, approaches, and ideas relating to gender, with feminist theory and practice residing more in the background.
Canadian Journal of Archaeology

A concise and readable overview of the history and importance of gender as both subject and professional issue within archaeology. Summing up: Recommended.

"Handbook of Gender Archaeology is a brilliant addition to the archaeological literature. Its editor, Sarah Nelson, commissioned an international group of leading scholars to assess the present state of gender research in their areas of expertise. The result is a treasure trove of twenty-five original essays devoted to theoretical assessments and case studies involving themes that are central to archaeology, such as early domestication, the secondary products revolution, gender identities, landscape studies, mortuary analyses, and much, much more. Individual chapters go beyond review by introducing new perspectives and future directions for research, thus providing readers with models for developing their own projects. The book is indispensable reading for anyone with serious interests in the organization of society, divisions of labor, and the social dynamics of the human past."
Rita Wright, New York University