Gender at the Crossroads of Knowledge: Feminist Anthropology in the Postmodern Era

Micaela di Leonardo, 1991, University of California Press
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Gender at the Crossroads of Knowledge brings feminist anthropology up to date, highlighting the theoretical sophistication that characterizes recent research. Twelve essays by outstanding scholars, written with the volume’s concerns specifically in mind, range across the broadest anthropological terrain, assessing and contributing to feminist work on biological anthropology, primate studies, global economy, new reproductive technologies, ethno-linguistics, race and gender, and more. The editor’s introduction not only sets two decades of feminist anthropological work in the multiple contexts of changes in anthropological theory and practice, political and economic developments, and larger intellectual shifts, but also lays out the central insights feminist anthropology has to offer us in the postmodern era. The profound issues raised by the authors resonate with the basic interests of any discipline concerned with gender, that is, all of the social sciences and humanities.

Table of contents :


Cover……Page 1
Title……Page 3
Copyright……Page 4
Contents……Page 5
Foreword……Page 7
Acknowledgments……Page 10
Introduction: Gender, culture, and political economy: Feminist anthropology in historical perspective……Page 12
Part 1 Gender in colonial history and anthropological discourse……Page 60
1 Carnal knowledge and imperial power: Gender, race, and morality in colonial Asia……Page 61
3 Interpreting women in States: New feminist ethnohistories……Page 150
2 Original narratives: the political economy of gender in archaeology……Page 112
Part 2 Gender as cultural politics……Page 182
4 Between speech and silence: the problematics of research on language and gender……Page 183
5 Baboons with briefcases vs. langurs with lipstick: Feminism and functionalism in primate studies……Page 212
6 Organizing women: Rhetoric, economy, and politics in process among Australian aborigines……Page 243
Part 3 Representing gendered labor……Page 263
7 Female farming in anthropology and African history……Page 264
8 Women, technology, and international development ideologies: Analyzing feminist voices……Page 285
9 Mujeres in factories: Race and class perspectives on women, work, and family……Page 319
Part 4: Contentious kinship: Rethinking gender and reproduction……Page 344
10 Rethinking the sexual division of labor: Reproduction and women’s work among the Efe……Page 345
11 Sexism and naturalism in the study of kinship……Page 367
12 Moral pioners: Women, men, and fetuses on a frontier of reproductive technology……Page 389
Notes on contributors……Page 402
Index……Page 405