The Myth of the Matriarchal Prehistory

The Myth of the Matriarchal Prehistory : Why an Invented Past Won't Give Women a Future

By (author) Cynthia Eller


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The author traces the emergence of the matriarchal myth, explains its functions, and examines the evidence for and against a matriarchal pre-history. In so doing she explains why this vision of a peaceful woman-centred pre-history is dangerous to feminists.

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • 13 Apr 2001
  • Beacon Press
  • Boston, MA
  • English
  • None.
  • ill
  • 0807067938
  • 9780807067932
  • 767,000

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Cynthia Eller is the author of "Living in the Lap of the Goddess: The Feminist Spirituality Movement in America, " a "Choice" Outstanding Academic Book of 1994, and of "Conscientious Objectors and the Second World War." She is assistant professor of women and religion at Montclair State University.

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"Passionately argued, engagingly written, this vital book is certain to inspire wide-and much-needed-debate." -Publishers Weekly (starred review) "[An] engaging critique of a popular but perhaps self-defeating belief." -Mark Odegard, Utne Reader "In unraveling the pretensions of matriarchalists, Eller seeks to show that wider matters are at stake. . . . Matriarchal myth, [she] argues, is actively harmful at worst and at best unnecessary." -Lawrence Osborne,

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