Engendering Origins : Theories of Gender in Sociology and Archaeology

Jane Balme, C. Bulbeck

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Abstract

Feminist knowledge and its impact on other academic disciplines arose in the 1970s, but it has had an uneven impactin different disciplines. We argue that gender as a theoretical concept has challenged both sociology and archaeologybut analyses of gender practices and embodiment which challenge the homogenous categories of 'women' and 'men'have made much less impact in archaeology – particularly the archaeology of deep time. The paper concludes bysuggesting that feminist archaeology's exploration of the origins of gender offers critical insights concerning the waysin which feminist sociologists define their theories with and against the 'Western folk model' of sex and gender.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-11
JournalAustralian Archaeology
Volume67
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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