An exciting new feature of the fifth edition of A History of Anthropological Theory, as well as the fifth edition of its companion volume Readings for a History of Anthropological Theory, is a significantly expanded section on anthropology and women. Responding to reader suggestions, we have doubled the size of this section and taken it beyond a narrative of the rise of feminist anthropology and the early anthropology of gender to an exposition of more recent and heavily theorized approaches to genders, including Third Genders, as well as to sexualities, including feminine, masculine, and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) sexualities.
By bringing this discussion well into the early twenty-first century, and situating it within the ideas of broader theorists such as Michel Foucault, we expect that our book will appeal to those who have been looking for us to address more current as well as past theoretical issues.
The following excerpt takes up where our previous discussion of anthropology and gender left off:
Download a short excerpt from the section on Anthropology and Gender in the fifth edition of A History of Anthropological Theory.
Paul A. Erickson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.
Liam D. Murphy is Professor in the Anthropology Department at California State University, Sacramento.