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Christina Taylor Beard-Moose

In: 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 100: Feminist Anthropology

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Feminist Anthropology
Feminist anthropology

This chapter critically reviews and discusses the emergence and maturation of feminist anthropological thought over the past three decades. The chapter also examines the ways in which feminist anthropology has critiqued, rebuked, and theorized the metadiscipline of anthropology. Feminist anthropology has, from its academic beginnings, sought to subvert a number of difficulties that came to define the metadiscipline in the 20th century.

Even while coming from multiple ideological viewpoints, feminist anthropologists have had several common themes through which to discuss and theorize the metadiscipline. These themes include, but are not restricted to, (1) correcting academic male bias in the ethnographic record, (2) developing an anthropology of women, (3) seriously discussing the oppression of women, (4) rediscovering women anthropologists of the 20th century, and ...

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