Feminist Anthropology

9780812220056: Paperback
Release Date: 19th June 2007

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 248

University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Feminist Anthropology

Past, Present, and Future

Feminist Anthropology probes critical issues in the study of gender, sex, and sexuality. While feminist anthropology is often perceived as fragmented, this vital new work establishes common ground and situates feminist inquiries within the larger context of social theory and anthropological practice.

Paperback / £21.99

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

Pamela L. Geller teaches anthropology at American University in Washington, D.C. Miranda K. Stockett is a visiting scholar in the Anthropology Department of Cornell University.