Bringing together distinguished scholars and original voices from anthropology's diverse subfields, Feminist Anthropology: Past, Present, and Future probes critical issues in the study of gender, sex, and sexuality. Contributors offer significant reflections on feminist anthropology's winding trajectory. In so doing, they examine what it means to practice feminist anthropology today, at a time when the field is perceived as fragmented and contentious.
By uniting around shared feminist concerns, Feminist Anthropology establishes a common ground for varied practitioners. A holistic perspective allows for effective and creative dialogue on such issues as performativity, pedagogy, heteronormativity, difference, and identity. In addition, the volume provides a vital assessment of the history and current state of feminist theorizing within the discipline as a whole by identifying three issues central to future feminist analyses: the critical reenvisioning of old interpretations, the political and practical aspects of the academy, and the critique of heteronormativity. Throughout the volume, these topics are explored, deconstructed, and transformed.
The enduring contribution of Feminist Anthropology book lies in its contributors' efforts to place their work within the larger context of social theory, while acknowledging and focusing on the realities of anthropological practice and politics.
Foreword. Taking stock—the transformation of feminist theorizing in anthropology
Introduction. Feminist anthropology: perspectives on our past, present, and future
1. The future of gender or the end of a brilliant career?
2. Feminist theories of embodiment and anthropological imagination: making bodies matter
3. Gender, genes, and the evolution of human birth
4. Marriage, matrifocality, and "missing" men
5. Archaeologists, feminists, and queers: sexual politics in the construction of the past
6. In the midst of the moving waters: material, metaphor, and feminist archaeology
7. Materiality and social change in the practice of feminist anthropology.
8. Feminist perspectives and the teaching of archaeology: implications from the inadvertent ethnography of the classroom
9. Toward a (more) feminist pedagogy in biological anthropology: ethnographic reflections and classroom strategies
10. The professional is political
Afterword: on waves