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An Intersectional Archaeology of Colonial White Male Privilege?

Author(s): Christina Hodge

Year: 2017

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I suggest that it is worth pursuing an archaeology of white male privilege through the contextual study of white privileged males. Among many outcomes, this project can de-naturalize "maleness" and "whiteness" as nomothetic and unmarked—thereby advantaged—social categories and reveal systematized advantage/oppression. Historical gendering was a nuanced process. Masculinity had multiple practiced and experienced forms. They persisted even within a tightly controlled environment, such as colonial Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There, enfranchisement was shaped by gender, which was itself realized through age race, ethnicity, spirituality, and status; by physical and intellectual capacity, education, and personality; by consumer and sexual desires; and by the material things and physical settings through which social reproduction took place. A study of intersecting identities may offer special insight into the invention of masculinities and their association with authority in colonial America. Intersectionality is even embedded in the now-familiar phrase "white male privilege," which presumes an essential relationship between race, gender, and power. But the experiences of young, well-connected, educated Englishmen are not a typical subject for an intersectional approach. This paper asks if an archaeology of colonial white male privilege can, or should, benefit from Intersectional Theory and considers possible paths forward.


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An Intersectional Archaeology of Colonial White Male Privilege?. Christina Hodge. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431957)


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North America - Northeast


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min long: -80.815; min lat: 39.3 ; max long: -66.753; max lat: 47.398 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15608

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America