By Teresa A. Meade
A better half to Gender background surveys the historical past of ladies around the globe, experiences their interplay with males in gendered societies, and appears on the function of gender in shaping human habit over millions of years.
- An huge survey of the background of ladies all over the world, their interplay with males, and the function of gender in shaping human habit over hundreds of thousands of years.
- Discusses kinfolk heritage, the historical past of the physique and sexuality, and cultural historical past along women’s heritage and gender background.
- Considers the significance of sophistication, zone, ethnicity, race and faith to the formation of gendered societies.
- Contains either thematic essays and chronological-geographic essays.
- Gives due weight to pre-history and the pre-modern period in addition to to the fashionable period.
- Written through students from around the English-speaking international and students for whom English isn't really their first language.
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Additional resources for A Companion to Gender History
17 There is also evidence that they earned lower wages than gender and labor in world history 31 men and that men’s status increased as sedentary agriculture became more developed and men assumed responsibility for certain valued tasks such as clearing land, plowing, and planting. Although women did reign as queens and serve as priestesses, men’s dominance in Sumeria increased along with the development of new bronze weaponry in the third and fourth millenia bce, the emergence of a standing army, and the exclusion of women from the military.
Elsewhere in the developing world reproductive technologies was often summarily employed to regulate births or to end pregnancies when an undesired female fetus was discovered, sometimes in the name of individual rights, sometimes in direct opposition to them. In Catholic countries with a Latin heritage or new nations on the rim of the Mediterranean, twentieth-century government intervention in the private sphere of family and sexuality has often taken the form of the enforcement of sexual honor.
Scholars who have studied the influence of gender on social status have suggested that in early human societies gender divisions by themselves did not mean that women occupied inferior and men superior status. More critical in determining status were women and men’s relative abilities to control resources vital to the survival of the group. Accordingly, a woman’s ability to control the production and distribution of food was responsible for the prestige and respect she commanded in Native American and other societies, allowing her to enjoy high status along with men.
A Companion to Gender History by Teresa A. Meade