Elsie Clews Parsons was a pioneering feminist, an eminent anthropologist, and an ardent social critic. In Elsie Clews Parsons, Desley Deacon reconstructs Parsonss efforts to overcome gender biases in both academia and society.Wonderfully illuminating. . . . Parsonss work resonates strikingly to current trends in anthropology.-George W. Stocking, Jr., Journal of the Royal Anthropological InstituteThis is the biography of a woman so interesting and effective-a cross between Margaret Mead and Georgia OKeeffe.
. . . A nuanced portrait of this vivid woman.-Tanya Luhrmann, New York Times Book ReviewA marvelous new book about the life of Elsie Clews Parsons. . . . Its 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 PostParsonss splendid life and work continue to illuminate current puzzles about acculturation and diversity.-New Yorker