Feminist Anthropology


circa 1895:  Ethnologist Frances Densmore (1867 - 1957), a pioneer in the study of Native Americans, making a recording of Native American music.  (Photo by MPI/Getty Images) MPI/Getty Images
circa 1895: Ethnologist Frances Densmore (1867 - 1957), a pioneer in the study of Native Americans, making a recording of Native American music. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images) MPI/Getty Images

Anthropology, or the study of past and present humans, was a discipline largely developed by and focused on men. Cristen and Caroline examine how pioneering women anthropologists and the rise of feminist anthropology changed mainstream ideas about gender, sex and women's roles.

Episode Sources:

"What Is Anthropology?" http://www.aaanet.org/about/whatisanthropology.cfm

"Gender Imbalance in Anthropology" http://decasia.org/academic_culture/2009/09/12/gender-imbalance-in-anthropology/

"Researching Race While Being Raced: Reflections on Race Politics in Anthropology" http://www.anthropologiesproject.org/2013/05/researching-race-while-being-raced.html

Academic Insights:

"A History of Anthropology." Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Finn Sivert Nielsen. Pluto Press. http://hyllanderiksen.net/History2.pdf

"Gender." Rebecca L. Upton. Oxford Bibliographies. Jan. 11, 2012. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199766567/obo-9780199766567-0009.xml

"Feminist Anthropology." Anthropological Theories: A Guide Prepared by Students for Students. Johnna Dominguez et al. http://anthropology.ua.edu/cultures/cultures.php?culture=Feminist%20Anthropology

"The Social Anthropology of Women and Feminist Anthropology." Shirley Ardener. Anthropology Today. Vol. 1, No. 5. October 1985. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3032826

"Feminist Anthropology." Angela Bratton. Indiana University Bloomington. May 1998. http://www.indiana.edu/~wanthro/fem.htm

"Cultural Anthropology: An Applied Perspective." Gary Ferraro and Susan Andreatta. 2014. https://books.google.com/books?id=mcaiAgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

"Telling the Story Straight: Black Feminist Intellectual Thought in Anthropology." Lynn Bolles. Transforming Anthropology: Journal of the Association of Black Anthropologists. Vol. 21, No. 1. Pages 57-71. March 15, 2013. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/traa.12000/abstract?

Topics in this Podcast: sex, anthropology, gender, history, feminism, culture, women in stem