Gender, Feminism, and Heritage

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Archaeology book series (BRIEFSARCHAE, volume 8)


The impact of gender on heritage management is less frequently ­discussed than the impact of nationalism, globalism, and ethnicity. In this chapter, I start from my experience in gender archaeology to examine how gender is related to heritage. In addition, I discuss the implications of feminist theory, as expressed in archaeology, for heritage. Paralleling a phrase from Wylie (2007), I ask what it means to do heritage as a feminist.


Feminist Theory Feminist Perspective Heritage Management Cultural Resource Management Biological Determinism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of North Carolina CharlotteCharlotteUSA

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