What’s Feminist about Gender Archaeology?

In Que(e)rying Archaeology: Proceedings of the 36th Annual Chacmool Conference. University of Calgary Archaeology Association. pp. 282-289 (2009)
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I explore the relevance of feminist standpoint theory for understanding the development of gender research in archaeology. This is an approach to thinking about questions about gender in archaeology that I find fruitfully articulated in Jane Kelley and Marsha Hanen's analysis of the 1989 Chacmool abstracts. As standpoint theory has been reformulated in recent years it offers a strategy for understanding critically and constructively-what is (and is not) feminist about gender archaeology, and it suggests some guidelines for realizing "strong objectivity" (as Harding describes it) in archaeological contexts.



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