To Gender or not To Gender? Exploring Gender Variations through Time and Space

Bisserka Gaydarska, Katharina Rebay-Salisbury, Paz Ramírez Valiente, Jana Esther Fries, Daniela Hofmann, Anne Augereau, John Chapman, Maria Mina, Eleonore Pape, Nicola Ialongo, Daniela Nordholz, Penny Bickle, Mark Haughton, John Robb, Oliver Harris

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Abstract

This article is based on an EAA session in Kiel in 2021, in which thirteen contributors provide their response to Robb and Harris's (2018) overview of studies of gender in the European Neolithic and Bronze Age, with a reply by Robb and Harris. The central premise of their 2018 article was the opposition of ‘contextual Neolithic gender’ to ‘cross-contextual Bronze Age gender’, which created uneasiness among the four co-organizers of the Kiel meeting. Reading Robb and Harris's original article leaves the impression that there is an essentialist ‘Neolithic’ and ‘Bronze Age’ gender, the former being under-theorized, unclear, and unstable, the latter binary, unchangeable, and ideological. While Robb and Harris have clearly advanced the discussion on gender, the perspectives and case studies presented here, while critical of their views, take the debate further, painting a more complex and diverse picture that strives to avoid essentialism.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Archaeology
ISSN1461-9571
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jan 2023

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