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Gendered Fields : Women, Men and Ethnography - Diane Bell

Gendered Fields

Women, Men and Ethnography

By: Diane Bell (Editor), Pat Caplan (Editor), Wazir Jahan Karim (Editor)

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Published: 18th March 1993
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Virtually all anthropologists undertaking fieldwork experience emotional difficulties in relating their own personal culture to the field culture. The issue of gender arises because ethnographers do fieldwork by establishing relationships, by learning to see, think and be in another culture, and this is done as a person of a particular age, sexual orientation, belief, educational background, ethnic identity and class. In particular it is done as men and women. To what extent can such differences be transcended? Given that anthropology has a long-standing interest in the realtions between the sexes (marriage, kinship) it is ironic that its observations still reflect what are for the most part male standpoints, represented as the norm. Yet, since the mid-1970s feminist anthropology has begun to produce a literature of its own which draws upon earlier feminist work and also crosses boundaries, utilising the work of philosophers, literary critics, linguists, historians and others in its search for paradigms. Gendered Fields examines and explores the progress of feminist anthropology, the gendered nature of fieldwork itself, and the articulation of gender with other aspects of the persona of the ethnographer. The contributors draw upon a gender perspective, showing how it actually takes shape in interpersonal and group dynamics in the field. The book is international in its scope and in the background of its contributors. It builds on and advances a current dialogue in anthropology, feminism and post-modernism. It will be of great interest to undergraduates, postgraduates and lecturers in anthropology, social sciences and gender studies.

..."I urge anthropologists to read "Gendered Fields and think how its valuable agenda might be put into practice." -"American Anthropologist

List of contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1: The contextp. 1
Introduction 2: The volumep. 19
Yes Virginia, there is a feminist ethnography: reflections from three Australian fieldsp. 28
Fictive kinship or mistaken identity? Fieldwork on Tubetube Island, Papua New Guineap. 44
Between autobiography and method: being male, seeing myth and the analysis of structures of gender and sexuality in the eastern interior of Fijip. 63
With moyang melur in Carey Island: more endangered, more engenderedp. 78
Facework of a female elder in a Lisu field, Thailandp. 93
A hall of mirrors: autonomy translated over time in Malaysiap. 103
Among Khmer and Vietnamese refugee women in Thailand: no safe placep. 117
Breaching the wall of difference: fieldwork and a personal journey to Srivaikuntam, Tamilnadup. 128
Motherhood experienced and conceptualised: changing images in Sri Lanka and the Netherlandsp. 143
Perception, east and west: a Madras encounterp. 159
Learning gender: fieldwork in a Tanzanian coastal village, 1965-85p. 168
The mouth that spoke a falsehood will later speak the truth: going home to the field in Eastern Nigeriap. 182
Sexuality and masculinity in fieldwork among Colombian blacksp. 199
Gendered participation: masculinity and fieldwork in a south London adolescent communityp. 215
Sisters, parents, neighbours, friends: reflections on fieldwork in North Catalonia (France)p. 234
Epilogue: the 'nativised' self and the 'native'p. 248
Name indexp. 252
Subject indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9780415062527
ISBN-10: 0415062527
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 18th March 1993
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1