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edited by Maria G Cattell and Marjorie M Schweitzer
Left Coast Press, 2006
Cloth: 978-1-59874-082-0 | Paper: 978-1-59874-083-7 | eISBN: 978-1-59874-750-8
Library of Congress Classification GN20.W634 2006
Dewey Decimal Classification 301.092/2

Women in academia have struggled for centuries to establish levels of acceptance and credibility equal to men in the same fields, and anthropology has been no different. The women anthropologists in this book speak frankly about their challenges and successes as they navigated through their personal and professional lives. Riding the changing tides of social and disciplinary history, they struggled through various and sometimes conflicting arenas of life—marriage, raising children, caring for families, publishing, conducting research, going into the field, teaching, and mentoring. They did this during volatile periods in the twentieth century when the roles and expectations for women were being constantly reestablished and repositioned. For anyone interested in the cultural and demographic shifts that are fundamentally altering opportunities for women in the workplace, Women in Anthropology is a thought provoking and inspirational read. For anthropologists, it is an important and intimate portrait of the realities of professional life.
Maria G. Cattell is a research associate at The Field Museum of Natural History. She received her PhD in 1989 from Bryn Mawr College, and after completing a dissertation on aging and gender in rural Kenya, continued her research there for a quarter century. Her many publications include two books, and currently she is writing her spiritual autobiography.Marjorie M. Schweitzer received her PhD in 1978 from the University of Oklahoma, and wrote her dissertation on “The Power and Prestige of the Elderly in Two Indian Communities.” In 1986 Marjorie retired as Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University. Her publications include two books, a bibliography and an edited volume on American Indian grandmothers. She continues to be an advocate for the survival of American Indian culture.
    Introduction by Jay Sokolovsky
    Preface by Marjorie M. Schweitzer
    1. Voices of Women Anthropologists: Autobiography, Social History and Anthropology, 
    Maria G. Cattell
     2. Gender Roles in Sociocultural and Historical Context, Marjorie M. Schweitzer
    Section I. Possessed by Anthropology
     3. Possessed by Anthropology, Judy Rosenthal
    Section II. Changing Roles, Challenging Stereotypes: Women's Roles in 20th Century America
     4. From Academe to Country Politics: Anthropologist as Activist, Eunice Felter Boyer
     5. An Anthropological Odyssey: A Midlife Beginning, Marilyn Preheim Rose
    6. Born an Anthropologist: From a Housewife with Hobbies to an Anthropologist with a 
    Passion, Cath Oberholtzer
    7. Changing Roles, Challenging Irrelevance: My Story as a Re-Entry Woman, Dorothy M. 
    Section III. The Web of Lives: Family Involvements, Career Interactions
    8. On Becoming an Anthropologist, Louana M. Lackey
    9. Family Invovlements: Earning a PhD While Raising Children, Molly G. Schuchat
    10. Career Constraints and Enhancements: Marriage, Family and Age, Ellen C. Rhoads
    11. The "A-G-E" Effects on My Midlife Career in Anthropology, Esther Skirboll
    Section IV. Being the Other: Encounters with Difference
    12. A Late Bloomer's Struggles with Discrimination, Ruby Rhorlich
    13. My Life Hangs by This Question: What is a Human Being?, Elizabeth Dressel Hoobler
    14. Not My Color, Not My Kind: Lessons in Race, Class, Age, and Gender in the Academy, 
    M. Jean Harris
    15. Understanding My Life: The Dialectics of Marketing and Anthropology, Barbara Olsen
    Section V. Being an Anthropologist, Living Anthropological Lives
    16. From Prehistory to Culture History: My Anthropological Journey, Marjorie M. 
    17. In Pursuit of The Word: My Anthropological Life, Maria Gleaton Cattell
    18. A Lens, A Book, and A Compass: My Anthropological Life Tour
    Section 6. Legacies for Future Generations
    19. A Time for Excellence, A Legacy for the Future, Jane Stevenson Day
    20. Lessons for Today, Marjorie M. Schweitzer

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