This volume, the first of it's kind, examines the role of women paleontologists and archaeologists in a field traditionally dominated by men. Women researchers in this field, have questioned many of the assumptions and developmental scenarios advanced by male scientists. As a result of such efforts, women have forged a more central role in models of human development and have radically altered the way in which human evolution is perceived.
This history of the feminist critique of science, is of profound significance and will be of interest to all those who work in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, paleontology, and human biology.
Table of Contents
1. Sex and Gender in Paleoanthropology Lori D. Hager, University of California, Berkeley, 2. Good Science, Bad Science, or Science as Usual?: Feminist Critiques of Science Alison Wylie, University of Western Ontario, 3. Is Primatology a Feminist Science Linda Marie Fedigan, University of Alberta, 4. Mothers, Labels, and Misogyny Rebecca Cann, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 5. The Paleolithic Glass Ceiling: Women in Human Evolution Adrienne Zihlman, University of California, Santa Cruz, 6. Brain Evolution in Females: An Answer to Mr. Lovejoy Dean Falk, State University of New York at Albany, 7. Has Estrus Been Lost in Hominids? Becky A. Sigmon, University of Toronto, 8. A Pound of Biology and a Pinch of Culture or a Pinch of Biology and a Pound of Culture?: The Necessity of Integrating Biology and Culture in Reproductive Studies Susan Sperling, University of California, San Francisco and Yewoubdar Beyene, University of California, San Francisco, 9. Female Proto-Symbolic Strategies Camilla Power, University College London and Leslie Aiello, University College London, 10. Mobilizing Ideologies: Paleolithic Art, Gender Trouble, and Thinking About Alternatives Margaret W. Conkey, University of California, Berkeley
Lori D. Hager is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Archaeological Research Facility, University of California, Berkeley.
'Women in Human Evolution represent[s] special achievements.' - New Scientist
'This book impresses in its scope but depresses in its documentation of the continuing problems of gender bias in the field of human evolution. It contains all that could e looked for in a discussion of women and human evolution. There is historical depth, scientific argument and the exposure of prejudice. It fits into a growing corpus of literature on gender issues and deserves to be read widely. ' - Antiquity
'The book has a clear and stated focus and the whole is refreshingly held together by a body of feminist theory which impacts with clarity on the complacency of male-stream evolutionary studies In bringing together such a strong and diverse team, Hager is to be congratulated for her vision and for producing a gusty little gem of a book.' - Archaeological Journal