Gender Inequality and Archaeological Practice
A Cypriot Case Study
Keywords:gender, gender inequality, archaeology, Cypriot archaeology, women archaeologists, female archaeologists, androcentricity
Contemporary disciplinary structures and stratification play an important role in determining intellectual priorities and establishing and maintaining acceptable areas of research in archaeology. This paper seeks to document current gender asymmetry within the sub-field of Cypriot archaeology and to examine the critical interface between this aspect of archaeological practice and the construction and interpretation of the archaeological record. It is suggested that androcentric views of the past and contemporary disciplinary inequities are highly correlated and that the structure, assumptions and goals of the discipline must be fundamentally challenged if gender is become a truly significant category of archaeological analysis.
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