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An Intersectional Study of Authorship and Citation in American Antiquity, Latin American Antiquity, and Advances in Archaeological Practice

Author(s): Laura Heath-Stout

Year: 2017

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Over the last thirty years, archaeologists studying identity in the past have also examined archaeologists in the present. Feminist archaeologists of the 1990s examined gender inequities among archaeologists using a wide variety of metrics. Since NAGPRA passed in 1991, many have written about the roles of Native Americans and other people of color in archaeological research. Yet there are no studies of how sexism, racism, and heterosexism work together in our field. I will examine patterns of authorship and citation in the SAA’s peer-reviewed journals in order to show the demographic composition of Americanist archaeologists producing publishable research. I will test several working hypotheses: that men are overrepresented as compared to women, that white people are overrepresented as compared to people of color, and that straight cisgender people are overrepresented as compared to queer and transgender people. Furthermore, I will test the hypothesis that archaeologists who face multiple forms of systemic oppression (i.e. women of color, queer women, queer people of color) are even less represented in these publications than their counterparts who only face one form of oppression. By using an intersectional feminist lens, I will be able to clearly show the effects of systemic oppression in our discipline.


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An Intersectional Study of Authorship and Citation in American Antiquity, Latin American Antiquity, and Advances in Archaeological Practice. Laura Heath-Stout. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431958)


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