Erect Men, Undulating Women: The Visual Imagery of Gender, “Race” and Progress in Reconstructive Illustrations of Human Evolution

Portada
Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 14 nov. 1997 - 290 páginas

Based on intensive study of human origin illustrations, responses from students and colleagues and research into reconstructive illustration and feminist criticism of Western art, this ground-breaking book traces the subtle ways in which paleoanthropological conventions have influenced and have shifted in the creation of these illustrations. Wiber reveals that embedded meanings in these illustrations go beyond gender to include two other ubiquitous themes—racial superiority and upward cultural progress. Underlying all these themes, she found a basic conservatism in the paleoanthropological approach to evolutionary theory.

Erect Men/Undulating Women provides a deeper understanding of popularized illustrations of human origins, but, more importantly, it encourages readers to gain a sensitivity to the ways in which Western culture constructs “scientific” findings that are compatible with its deeply held beliefs and values.

 

Comentarios de usuarios - Escribir una reseña

No hemos encontrado ninguna reseña en los sitios habituales.

Índice

Of Gender Race Progress and Evolution Human Evolution Reconstructive Illustration
1
Contested Knowledge in the Human Evolution Story Field Man the Hunter versus Woman the Gatherer
17
Reconstructive Human Evolution Illustrations Utilizing Western Art Conventions in a Contested Story Field
47
Gender The Ubiquitous Story Operator
75
Conflation and the Significant Other Racism and Codes of the Primitive
105
Window or Mirror? Primates and Foragers Analogies of the PreCultural Life
121
Progress Inevitable as Moral Rewards The Ultimate Story Operator
153
Lucy as Barbie Doll Eroticism in the Human Evolution MetaNarrative
189
The Commodification of Human Evolution Selling a Story Field through Illustrations
203
Conclusions and Future Directions for Research
227
Figures
241
References Cited
257
Index
279
Página de créditos

Otras ediciones - Ver todo

Términos y frases comunes

Referencias a este libro

Sobre el autor (1997)

Melanie G. Wiber received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Alberta. Her research interests include development studies, legal anthropology and gender studies. She is the author of Politics, Property and Law in the Philippine Uplands (WLU Press) and co–editor with Joep Spiertz of The Role of Law in Natural Resources Management, which is available in North America from WLU Press.

Información bibliográfica