Feminist anthropology argued for an inclusive anthropology that includes the study of all ”types” of people. How do you see this concept used in other contemporary theories of anthropology? Explain how three anthropologists, who you have read in McGee and Warms, show such inclusion in their works.
- For a long time anthropology had an androcentric lens focusing their studies on males and their importance in a society, thus leaving out the other half of the population of women.
- Contemporary theories of anthropology now look at uncovering how women influence society rather than just focusing on this battle between male and females dominance in society.
- Today, contemporary theories look at the roles women play in political, social, and economic areas of civilization acknowledging that the inclusion of women in research is essential to understanding the whole human experience.
- Sally Slocum advocates for reevaluating the data revolving around men because women were doing more than just cooking and reproducing, and to remove the fixation that men were the most important assets in society because there is no way to know this considering that men usually only wrote about what men were doing and not what women were doing.
- Eleanor Leacock argues that capitalism and colonialism is responsible for why women are subordinate to men. Patriarchy accounts for a lot of historical isolation of women and that historically this gender hierarchy knowledge is problematic for women’s production and use in society.
- Lila Abu-Lughod also shines some light onto traditional anthropological works by including the lives and experiences of women especially those in developing countries. She aims to portray the dynamics of gender in western and nonwestern cultures through their experiences and resilience with fertility and the lack thereof.