Struggling to Stay Alive

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:
Struggling to Stay Alive

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This chapter explains the glory days of the matriarchal myth in Great Britain, noting that the debate on matriarchal prehistory never ended, but rather shifted across disciplines. It also tries to determine why the British anthropologists rejected the idea of prehistoric matriarchies in 1900 after accepting it in the mid-1860s. The chapter furthermore considers the marginalization of the myth in anthropology and fieldwork, and the impact of new ethnography on matriarchal myth.

Keywords: Great Britain; matriarchal myth; debate; matriarchal prehistory; marginalization; anthropology; fieldwork; new ethnography

Chapter.  7026 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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