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Gender Hierarchies

International Symposium #103 Group Photo

January 1 - 10, 1987
Hotel Mijas, Mijas, Spain

PUBLICATION:    Sex and Gender Hierarchies (Barbara Diane Miller, Ed.), Cambridge University Press, 1993.


bookcoverGerald Berreman (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
Caroline Bledsoe (Northwestern University, USA)
Mark Cohen (State University of New York, Plattsburgh, USA)
Elizabeth Colson (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
Sarah Franklin. rapporteur (Birmingham Center for Cultural Studies, UK)
Marvin Harris (University of Florida, USA)
Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin (Basel University, Switzerland)
Gilbert Herdt (University of Chicago, USA)
Eleanor Leacock (City College, New York, USA)
Maxine L. Margolis (University of Florida, USA)
Barbara D. Miller, organizer (Syracuse University, USA)
Sarah Nelson (University of Denver, USA)
Lita Osmundsen (Wenner-Gren Foundation, USA)
Elinor Ochs (University of Southern California, USA)
Rayna Rapp (New School for Social Research, USA)
Sydel Silverman (Wenner-Gren Foundation, USA)
Melford Spiro (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
Patricia Wright (Duke University, USA)
Adrienne Zihlman (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)


How hierarchical structures based on sex and gender evolve and are maintained is an emerging central question of anthropological discourse in the study of both nonhuman primate and human societies, of cultures both past and present, and of diverse regions of the world. This conference brought together scholars doing research on gender in all the major subdisciplines of anthropology-in physical/biolog­ical, archeological/prehistory, social/cultural and symbolic/linguistic studies. The challenge was to dis­cuss common findings, to make theoretical connections among these diverse types of research, and to identify questions that will help to integrate these bodies of research. Papers addressed a variety of topics, including: hierarchies in human evolution as revealed by the fossil record, hierarchies among primates, gender inequalities in state formation, nutritional and demographic variables in the mainte­nance of dominance, symbolic representations of power, and the use of language to reinforce hierar­chical structures.