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Playing with Gender: Considerations of Intersecting Identities Expressed through Childhood Materials at Fort Davis, Texas

Author(s): David G. Hyde ; Katrina C. L. Eichner

Year: 2016

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Summary

Too often, children are made invisible in the archaeological record. However, as a site of experimentation and play where multiple interrelated subjectivities are in constant negotiation, childhood is the foundation for identity construction. Using an assemblages of children’s toys and personal items from 19th and 20th century Fort Davis, Texas , we posit that childhood is a reflection of larger social dynamics. Employing the materials of daily life, we will focus on how children’s negotiations of gendered, ethnoracial, and classed identity allowed for the navigation of a highly masculinized and socially volatile frontier military landscape. 


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Playing with Gender: Considerations of Intersecting Identities Expressed through Childhood Materials at Fort Davis, Texas. David G. Hyde, Katrina C. L. Eichner. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434567)


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Temporal Keywords
19th and 20th c.


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 531

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