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Author Rotman, Deborah L., 1967-

Title Historical archaeology of gendered lives / by Deborah Rotman
Published New York ; London : Springer, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 265 pages) : illustrations
Series Contributions to global historical archaeology
Contributions to global historical archaeology.
Contents Gender ideologies as complex social forces -- Theoretical framework for understanding gender roles and relations -- The village, families, and archaeological assemblages in this study -- Gendered landscapes in historic deerfield -- Complex intersection of social relations and the material world -- Critical analyses of seperate spheres and the role of life cycle in shaping the material world -- Through a kaleidoscope : gendered lives in Deerfield, MA -- Appendices. Ceramic ware types ; vessel functions ; artifact inventories ; Summary of analyses of earth-toned and white-toned vessels -- Summary of analyses of decorative motifs -- Summary of analyses of modern discipline
Summary During the last half of the nineteenth century, a number of social and economic factors converged that resulted in the rural village of Deerfield, Massachusetts becoming almost entirely female. This drastic shift in population presents a unique lens through which to study gender roles and social relations in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The lessons gleaned from this case study will provide new insight to the study of gender relations throughout other historical periods as well. Through an intensive examination of both historical and archaeological evidence, the author presents a clear picture of the gendered social relations in Deerfield over the span of seventy years. While gender relations in urban settings have been studied extensively, this unique work provides the same level of examination to gender relations in a rural setting. Likewise, where previous studies have often focused only on relations between married men and women, the unique case of Deerfield provides insight into the experiences of single women, particularly widows and 'spinsters'
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Sex role -- Massachusetts -- Deerfield -- History.
Social archaeology -- Massachusetts -- Deerfield.
Man-woman relationships -- Massachusetts -- Deerfield -- History.
Feminist archaeology -- Massachusetts -- Deerfield.
Deerfield (Mass.) -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009926049
ISBN 0387896678 (Cloth)
9780387896670 (Cloth)