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Elsie Clews Parsons : inventing modern life, Desley Deacon

Label
Elsie Clews Parsons : inventing modern life
Title
Elsie Clews Parsons
Title remainder
inventing modern life
Statement of responsibility
Desley Deacon
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Elsie Clews Parsons was a relentlessly modern woman. A pioneering feminist, an eminent anthropologist, an ardent social critic, she challenged Americans to develop flexible and dynamic gender, family, and social arrangements that fit the new century. From 1912, when she incorporated ethnographic data on upper-class New York into a series of tersely ironic books and articles, Parsons brought to anthropology a passionate desire to educate the public to accept and welcome sexual and social diversity. Desley Deacon's vibrant and richly detailed biography examines the powerful connections linking Parsons's intellectual commitments to her extraordinary life experience. A wealth of correspondence and memoirs allows Deacon to vividly reconstruct Parsons's unconventional marriage, her intimate friendships, her ties to a burgeoning avant-garde, her wide-ranging travels, and her bitter attempts to escape the stifling conventions of New York's social elite - in short, all of her efforts to overcome gender biases in both academia and society. There is an immediacy to Parsons's struggles, a context to her modernism, and an urgency to her message. Her remarkable intensity compelled her to redefine the social and sexual values of her day, to explore gender roles in other cultural settings, and to thoroughly detonate, through word and deed, entrenched nineteenth-century conceptions of women, civilization, and morality. In Elsie Clews Parsons, Deacon has fashioned a deeply insightful portrayal of an uncommon woman with the uncommon courage to radically reconstruct sexual identity, for herself and for the modern age
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
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Deacon, Desley
Dewey number
  • 301/.092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Women in culture and society
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  • Parsons, Elsie Worthington Clews
  • Women Indianists
  • Women anthropologists
  • Women social scientists
  • Feminists
  • Feminism
  • Sex role
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Elsie Clews Parsons : inventing modern life, Desley Deacon
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
  • "Bibliography of Elsie Clews Parsons, 1896-1962": pages 485-499
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 393-483) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Looking forward -- We secessionists ... -- Trans-national America -- All serene
Control code
ocm45732782
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 520 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780226139098
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)45732782
Label
Elsie Clews Parsons : inventing modern life, Desley Deacon
Publication
Bibliography note
  • "Bibliography of Elsie Clews Parsons, 1896-1962": pages 485-499
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 393-483) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Looking forward -- We secessionists ... -- Trans-national America -- All serene
Control code
ocm45732782
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 520 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780226139098
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)45732782

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