Cloth $32.00 ISBN: 9780226139074 Published May 1997
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226139081 Published March 1999
E-book $7.00 to $30.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226139098 Published April 2008

Elsie Clews Parsons

Inventing Modern Life

Desley Deacon

Elsie Clews Parsons
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Desley Deacon

538 pages | 52 halftones, 6 maps | 6 x 9 | © 1997
Cloth $32.00 ISBN: 9780226139074 Published May 1997
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226139081 Published March 1999
E-book $7.00 to $30.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226139098 Published April 2008
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
Contents
List of Illustrations and Maps
Preface
Prologue: Strength to Forget the Past
Part One: Looking Forward
1. The Young Adventuress
2. Travels of the Mind
3. The Experimental Life
Part Two: We Secessionists...
4. The Voyage Out
5. New Science
6. New Woman
7. New Marriage
8. Dear Propagandist
9. The End of the Conversation
Part Three: Trans-National America
10. Saving Herself
11. The Other Continents among Us
12. Disciplinary Politics
13. Jessica at Fifty
14. Other Americas
Part Four: All Serene
15. Elsie's Lifework—Con Amore
16. A Modernist Death
Epilogue by Catherine R. Stimpson
Notes
Abbreviations
Archival and Oral History Sources
Bibliography of Elsie Clews Parsons, 1896-1962
Index
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