Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Gero, Joan

  • Pamela Geller
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_1290

Basic Biographical Information

Joan Gero is one of the leaders in the sociopolitics of archaeology, feminist archaeology, and Andean archaeology. She was born on 26 May 1944 in New York City and grew up in the city’s suburbs. The countercultural movement served as historic backdrop for her undergraduate years at the University of Pennsylvania. Social activism and the seeds of feminist thinking were planted at this time. Gero graduated in 1968 with a B.A. in English Literature. In 1970, she received a M.Ed. from Boston College and then worked for Teacher Corps, a domestic program that educated the socioeconomically disadvantaged. Enamored with the Corps’s commitment to equality, the experience offered an important anthropological lesson about cultural differences in the classroom and community. After two years of teaching, Gero revisited the role of student. During a summer exchange program at Oxford, she enrolled in an archaeology course that involved excavation of an Iron Age site in...

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  1. Gero, J. M. 1983. Gender bias in archaeology: a cross-cultural perspective, in J. M. Gero, D. M. Lacy & M. L. Blakey (ed.) The socio-politics of archaeology: 51-57. Amherst: Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts.Google Scholar
  2. - 1985. Socio-politics and the woman-at-home ideology. American Antiquity 50(2): 342-50.Google Scholar
  3. - 1991. Genderlithics: women’s roles in stone tool production, in J. M. Gero & M. W. Conkey (ed.) Engendering archaeology: women and prehistory: 163-93. Oxford: Blackwell.Google Scholar
  4. - 2004. Sex pots of ancient Peru, in T. Oestigaard, N. Anfinset & T. Saetersdal (ed.) Combining the past and the present: archaeological perspectives on society (BAR International series 1210): 3-22. Oxford: Archaeopress.Google Scholar
  5. Gero, J. M. & M. W. Conkey. (ed.) 1991. Engendering archaeology: women and prehistory. Oxford: Blackwell.Google Scholar
  6. Gero, J. M., D. M. Lacey & M. L. Blakey. (ed.) 1983. The socio-politics of archaeology (Research Reports 23). Amherst: Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts.Google Scholar
  7. Gero, J. M. & D. Root. 1990. Public presentations and private concerns: archaeology in the pages of National Geographic, in P. Gathercole & D. Lowenthal (ed.) The politics of the past: 19-37. New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
  8. Gero, J. M. & M. C. Scattolin. 2002. Beyond complementarity and hierarchy: new definitions for archaeological gender relations, in S. Nelson & M. Rosen-Ayalon (ed.) In pursuit of gender: worldwide archaeological perspectives: 155-71. Walnut Creek (CA): Altamira Press.Google Scholar

Further Reading

  1. Conkey, M. W. & J. M. Gero. 1997. Programme to practice: gender and feminism in archaeology. Annual Review of Anthropology 26: 411-37.Google Scholar
  2. Gero, J. M. 1993. The social world of prehistoric facts: gender and power in Paleoindian research, in H. du Cros & L. Smith (ed.) Women in archaeology. A feminist critique (Occasional Papers in Prehistory series 23): 31-40. Canberra: Department of Prehistory, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University.Google Scholar
  3. - 1996. Archaeological practice and gendered encounters with field data, in R. Wright (ed.) Gender and archaeology: 251-80. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.Google Scholar
  4. - 2007. Honoring ambiguity/problematizing certitude. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 14: 311-27.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA