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Women and Anthropology
Women and anthropology

Many a retrospective take on the history of anthropology has characterized the discipline's formative decades as deeply rooted in the narrative of male quest. That is not to say, however, that women were never an object of study or that there were not important and influential women anthropologists helping to shape the discipline in its early decades. For the most part, however, women in anthropology (whether observed or observer) through the first half of the 20th century were relegated to a supporting role in the family of man. Theory often reified this notion as did anthropological practice.

One such example is illustrated by the public-private analytical approach to circum-Mediterranean societies that was influential for several decades in the mid-20th century. This ...

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