Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology

Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on Gender Transformations

From Private to Public

Editors: Spencer-Wood, Suzanne M. (Ed.)

  • International scope studies changes in the domestic sphere on a global level
  • Challenges previously-held beliefs about historical gender roles
  • Provides methodology for conducting similar studies on material culture
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About this book

In many facets of Western culture, including archaeology, there remains a legacy of perceiving gender divisions as natural, innate, and biological in origin. This belief follows that men are naturally pre-disposed to public, intellectual pursuits, while women are innately designed to care for the home and take care of children. In the interpretation of material culture, accepted notions of gender roles are often applied to new findings: the dichotomy between the domestic sphere of women and the public sphere of men can color interpretations of new materials. In this innovative volume, the contributors focus explicitly on analyzing the materiality of historic changes in the domestic sphere around the world. Combining a global scope with great temporal depth, chapters in the volume explore how gender ideologies, identities, relationships, power dynamics, and practices were materially changed in the past, thus showing how they could be changed in the future.

About the authors

 

Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood is a Professor in Anthropology at Oakland University and an Associate at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University.  She organized the first two symposia on gender research in historical archaeology at the Chacmool conference and the Society for Historical Archaeology conference in 1989, and subsequently published numerous book chapters, and articles in the following journals: Archaeologies, Historical Archaeology, International Journal of Historical Archaeology, Northeast Historical Archaeology, and the Landscape Journal.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction to Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on Gender Transformations: From Private to Public

    Spencer-Wood, Suzanne M. (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • ‘The Proud Air of an Unwilling Slave’: Tea, Women and Domesticity, c.1700–1900

    Gray, Annie

    Pages 23-43

  • Domestic Production for Public Markets: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Deerfield, Massachusetts, c.1850–c.1911

    Rotman, Deborah L.

    Pages 45-62

  • Troubling the Domestic Sphere: Women Reformers and the Changing Place of the Home in the United States, 1854–1939

    Christensen, Kim

    Pages 63-83

  • Gender, Ethnicity, Religion and Sanitation After the Fall of the Muslim Granada Kingdom in Medieval Spain

    Reklaityte, Ieva

    Pages 87-103

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on Gender Transformations
Book Subtitle
From Private to Public
Editors
  • Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood
Series Title
Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-4863-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-4863-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-4862-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-8975-8
Series ISSN
1574-0439
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 430
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