Feminism and Anthropology (Feminist Perspective Series)

Henrietta L. Moore, Univ of Minnesota Pr, 1989
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This book examines the nature and significance of a feminist critique in anthropology. It offers an introduction to, and assessment of, the theoretical and practical issues raised by the development of a feminist anthropology. The author situates the development of a feminist approach in anthropology within the context of the discipline, examining the ways in which women have been studied in anthropology – as well as the ways in which the study of gender has influenced the development of the discipline anthropology. She considers the application of feminist work to key areas of anthropological research, and addresses the question of what social anthropology has to contribute to contemporary feminism. Throughout the book the author’s analysis is informed by her own extensive fieldwork in Africa and by her concern to develop anthropological theory and method by means of feminist critique. This book should be of interest to students in anthropology, women’s studies and the social sciences.

Table of contents :


Contents……Page 6
Preface and Acknowledgements……Page 8
1 Feminism and Anthropology: The Story of a Relationship……Page 12
2 Gender and Status: Explaining the Position of Women……Page 23
3 Kinship, Labour and Household: Understanding Women’s Work……Page 53
4 Kinship, Labour and Household: The Changing Nature of Women’s Lives……Page 84
5 Women and the State……Page 139
6 Feminist Anthropology: What Difference Does It Make?……Page 197
Notes……Page 210
References……Page 225
C……Page 253
I……Page 254
P……Page 255
W……Page 256
Z……Page 257