Via 100 entries or "mini-chapters," 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of anthropology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume set provides undergraduate majors with an authoritative reference source that serves their research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but in a clear, accessible style, devoid of jargon, unnecessary detail or density.Key Features- Emphasizes key curricular topics, making it useful for students researching for term papers, preparing for GREs, or considering topics for a senior thesis, graduate degree, or career.- Comprehensive, providing full coverage of key subthemes and subfields within the discipline, such as applied anthropology, archaeology and paleontology, sociocultural anthropology, evolution, linguistics, physical and biological anthropology, primate studies, and more.- Offers uniform chapter structure so students can easily locate key information, within these sections: Introduction, Theory, Methods, Applications, Comparison, Future Directions, Summary, Bibliography & Suggestions for Further Reading, and Cross References.- Available in print or electronically at SAGE Reference Online, providing students with convenient, easy access to its contents.
Chapter 90: 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 ...