On the importance of difference: re-envisioning sex and gender in ancient Mesoamerica

@article{Stockett2005OnTI,
  title={On the importance of difference: re-envisioning sex and gender in ancient Mesoamerica},
  author={Miranda K. Stockett},
  journal={World Archaeology},
  year={2005},
  volume={37},
  pages={566 - 578}
}
Abstract Models currently employed to investigate gender ideologies and practices in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica tend to rely on binary constructions. As a result, if applied uncritically to archaeological case studies, they may obscure variability and marginalize the importance of difference in the lives of past peoples. I propose that models such as gender hierarchy and complementarity have been strongly impacted upon by processes of conquest and colonization, which may render them… Expand
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