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Reading prompts for Spector: “What this Awl Means” CHs1, 2 &3 Terms : (be aware of the significance of these terms, as well as any definitions the author might provide) Pre-history Feminist critique/approach Artifact Androcentric task differentiation approach sexual division of labor gendered division of labor New archaeology Objectivism, object-centered Functional categorization Material & non-material dimensions of gender Midden 1) What is “androcentric” archaeology and what are the problems and assumptions Spector outlines with this implicit approach? What are its effects? 2) What is the effect of the “object centered” approach of this method? 3) What is the point of a “task differentiation approach” and how does it address problems revealed with the “object-centered” focus of androcentric approaches? How is it similar to them? 4) How does Spector argue historical documents should be treated and why? 5) In the first page of “What this Awl Means” Spector asks the question: “What was life like for people in the past” – how does the feminist approach she outlines in chapters 1 & 3 address this question in ways that “objective” approaches she critiques does not? 6) What does the descriptive fiction in chapter 2 accomplish? How does it relate to her arguments in chapters 1 & 3? More specifically, how does it relate to her use of Renalto Rosaldo’s assertions in CH 3?
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