By Diane Bolger
An authoritative advisor on gender prehistory for researchers, teachers and scholars in anthropology, archaeology, and gender studies
- Provides the main up to date, finished insurance of gender archaeology, with an unique specialize in prehistory
- Offers severe overviews of advancements within the archaeology of gender during the last 30 years, in addition to tests of present traits and customers for destiny research
- Focuses on contemporary 3rd Wave techniques to the learn of gender in early human societies, not easy heterosexist biases, and investigating the interfaces among gender and prestige, age, cognition, social reminiscence, performativity, the physique, and sexuality
- Features a number of local and thematic issues authored by way of confirmed experts within the field, with incisive insurance of gender learn in prehistoric and protohistoric cultures of Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Pacific
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While the terms “Second Wave” and “Third Wave” can be useful for characterizing the general trajectory of gendered approaches in prehistoric archaeology from the 1970s to the present, such categories are highly abstract – in fact, very few gender archaeologists would wish to be pigeonholed into either of them. As Gilchrist has recently observed, “In common with research on sex and gender in all disciplines, archaeology retains the political responsibility to challenge narratives that present gender as universal, timeless and inevitable” (Gilchrist 2009:1044).
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The book’s specific focus on prehistoric archaeology is a deliberate choice resulting from a variety of considerations. First, the lack or limited existence of written records from prehistoric contexts imposes particular constraints upon our methodological approaches; while some would argue that the lack of written sources severely hampers our ability to understand the past, others believe that it imposes fewer restrictions or distortions on the evidence, particularly as writing in early societies was a prerogative of upper-class elite groups and therefore sheds little light on the lives of the majority of the population.