Gender and sexuality

Authored by: Traci Ardren

The Maya World

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  June  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138492837
eBook ISBN: 9781351029582
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In this chapter, I briefly summarize current research on the inter-related topics of gender and sexuality, within ancient Maya studies. I review the history of interest into gendered representations of difference, and explain the terminology used to explain concept such as gender, sex, and sexuality within this field of study. The body of the chapter reviews recent advancements in gendered activities such as craft production, our understanding of ancient Maya masculinities, and the trend to normalize gender as a component of any social system. I conclude with thoughts on productive avenues for future research directions, including the use of theoretical perspectives from queer studies.

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