Doing Archaeology as a Feminist: Introduction

Abstract

Gender research archaeology has made significant contributions, but its dissociation from the resources of feminist scholarship and feminist activism is a significantly limiting factor in its development. The essays that make up this special issue illustrate what is to be gained by making systematic use of these resources. Their distinctively feminist contributions are characterized in terms of the recommendations for “doing science as a feminist” that have taken shape in the context of the long running “feminist method debate” in the social sciences.

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Acknowledgements

We thank the School of American Research for their generous support of the seminar, “Doing Archaeology as a Feminist,” in which several of these papers originated (April 1998). We are especially grateful to the participants in this seminar for discussions that were intellectually vigorous and powerfully transforming. We also thank the referees who provided feedback on several iterations of these papers, and colleagues who have heard, commented on, cajoled, provoked and encouraged the development of the various projects represented here. This special issue is in every sense the fruit of a collaborative undertaking that we hope will continue to flourish.

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Wylie, A. Doing Archaeology as a Feminist: Introduction. J Archaeol Method Theory 14, 209–216 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10816-007-9034-4

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Keywords

  • Feminist method
  • Feminist theory
  • Feminist philosophy of science
  • Gender archaeology