Elsie Clews Parsons by Desley Deacon
Inventing Modern Life (Women in Culture and Society)

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Elsie Clews Parsons was a pioneering feminist, an eminent anthropologist, and an ardent social critic. In Elsie Clews Parsons, Desley Deacon reconstructs Parsons's efforts to overcome gender biases in both academia and society.

"Wonderfully illuminating. . . . Parsons's work resonates strikingly to current trends in anthropology."—George W. Stocking, Jr., Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

"This is the biography of a woman so interesting and effective—a cross between Margaret Mead and Georgia O'Keeffe. . . . A nuanced portrait of this vivid woman."—Tanya Luhrmann, New York Times Book Review

"A marvelous new book about the life of Elsie Clews Parsons. . . . It's as though she is sitting on the next rock, a contemporary struggling with the same issues that confront women today: how to combine work, love and child-rearing into one life."—Abigail Trafford, Washington Post

"Parsons's splendid life and work continue to illuminate current puzzles about acculturation and diversity."—New Yorker

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Published May 15, 1997 by University Of Chicago Press. 538 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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While Parsons's story is a remarkable one, Deacon views her subject as a ``carrier of culture'' in the new modernist era and thus continually interrupts her narrative to cram in extensive, and rather dry, academic explanations of her subject's anthropological theories and her influences, making f...

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Feminist and anthropologist Elsie Clews Parsons (1874-1941) published numerous articles and books on the Pueblo and other Southwestern Native American tribes, and became the first woman president of the American Anthropological Association shortly before her death.

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