The Matriarchal Explosion

Eller Cynthia

in Gentlemen and Amazons

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520248595
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948556 | DOI:
The Matriarchal Explosion

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This chapter takes a look at the sudden interest of anthropologists in matriarchy. It reviews several anthropological theories of matriarchy from the late nineteenth century, including Henry Sumner Maine's patriarchal theory and Sir John Lubbock's matriarchal myth. The chapter shows that matriarchal myth reigned as dogma within British anthropology, and slowly spread out to the cultural mainstream.

Keywords: anthropologists; British anthropology; cultural mainstream; matriarchy; anthropological theories; patriarchal theory; matriarchal myth; dogma

Chapter.  14756 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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