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Situated Lives : Gender and Culture in Everyday Life - Louise Lamphere

Situated Lives

Gender and Culture in Everyday Life

By: Louise Lamphere (Editor), Helena Ragone (Editor), Patricia Zavella (Editor)

Paperback Published: 8th May 1997
ISBN: 9780415918077
Number Of Pages: 500

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"Situated Lives" brings together the most important recent feminist and critical research that illuminates the lived experience of ordinary women and men. Focusing on gender and culture, these essays situate gender in relationship to the historical and material circumstances where gender, race, class and sexual orientation intersect and shape everyday interaction. They explore several critical social issues: how new technologies are altering reproduction, what new forms of family and household are emerging in response to economic and material realities, what transformations are shaping the workplace, and how men and women in colonial and post-colonial societies resist the cultural construction of their lives by those with greater power and control over the images and ideology.
Utilizing rich ethnographic accounts and first-person narratives, these articles examine how ordinary men and women are responding to the complexities of genetic counseling, surrogate motherhood and the abortion debate in the US; resisting management policies in the new workplaces of Malaysia; and contesting forms of cultural and economic domination in Jamaica and the US-Mexican border. Several essays explore the politics of representations, including how colonial administrators, missionaries and the tourist industry have represented "Other," such as the Tswana of South Africa, the peoples of Sumatra, Java and Malaya or Pueblo women potters in the Southwest.
In analyzing cultural transformation, gendered practice and varied forms of resistance, these scholars give a sense of hope. Even in the most fouled work sites, repressive regimes, rigid notions of the family, or segregated neighborhoods, men and women express their own cultural meanings, take matters into their own hand and work together.

..."conceptually brilliant, well organized, readable, refreshing and most importantly in this age of post-post-modern pseudo-social scientific babble understandable. "Social Science and MEdicine, 52, 2001, pg. 493, Norah A. Schwartz." "With this pathbreaking new volume, Lamphere, Ragone, and Zavella have gone a long way to putting anthropology back together again. Its twenty-six essays take up the local impacts of global capitalism and post-colonial social structures on women's and men's bodies, their families, and work lives. The essays retain anthropology's traditional focus on those far from the centers of wealth and power, foreground the creativity of their struggles in a generally hostile global climate, and deal thoughtfully with the relationships anthropologists have to the people we write about.." -Karen Brodkin, UCLA "The ethnographic studies in this volume liven up and add a specificity that is often lacking to theoretical analysis. The book is a valuable resource, integrating and demonstrating the insights of sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, and political economy. Sampling its diverse contents can only enhance our understanding of the materiality of cultures and the individuals who shape and are shaped by them. "Isis, Volume 91, Number 2, June 2000 The breadth of this work makes it particularly beneficial for introductory courses on women's issues." -"Journal of Women's history "With this pathbreaking new volume, Lamphere, Ragone, and Zavella have gone a long way to putting anthropology back together again. Its twenty-six essays take up the local impacts of global capitalism and post-colonial social structures on women's and men's bodies, their families, and work lives. The essays retain anthropology's traditional focus on those far from the centers of wealth and power, foreground the creativity of their struggles in a generally hostile global climate, and deal thoughtfully with the relationships anthropologistshave to the people we write about." -Karen Brodkin, UCLA "The breadth of this work makes it particularly beneficial for introductory courses on women's issues." -"Journal of Women's history

Introduction
The Power of Representation: Gendered Ethnography in Practice
How Native is a "Native Anthropologist"
Feministic Insider Dilemmas: Constructing Ethnic Identity with "Chicana" Informants
Carne, Carnales and the Carnivalesque: Bakhtinian Batos, Disorder, and Narrative Discourses
The Egg and the Sperm: How Science has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Women's Roles
Making Sense of Missed Conceptions
Surrogates, Fathers, and Adoptive Mothers
Constructing Aminocentesis: Maternal and Medical Discourses
The World Made Flesh: The Disembodiment of Gender in the Abortion Debate
Agency and Constraint: Sterilization and Reproductive Freedom Among Puerto Rican Women in New York City
Constructing Family: Creating Household and Community
"Reinventing the South" in Upscaling Downtown
This Permanent Roommate
"In the Beginning He Wouldn't Lift Even a Spoon": The Division of Household Labor
The Meanings of Macho: Changing Mexican Male Identities
Holding Hands
Consciousness, transformation, and Resistance at Work
Invisibility, Consciousness of the Other, Resentiment
A Maid by Any Other Name: The Transformation of "Dirty Work" by Central American Immigrants
Chicanas in White-Collar Jobs: "You Have to Prove Yourself More"
Knock 'em Dead: Work on the Killfloor of a Modern Beefpacking Plant
Women's Resistance in the Sunbelt: Anglos and Hispanas Respond to Managerial Control
Spirits of Resistance
Colonizing Gender and Sexuality: Representation and Practice
Making Empire Respectable: The Politics of Race and sexual Morality in 20th-Century Colonial Cultures
The Emperor's Old Clothes: Fashioning the Colonial Subject
Mudwomen and Whitemen
Warriors or Soldiers?: Masculinity and Ritual Transvestism in the Liberian Civil War
The Gendered Politics and Violence of Structural Adjustment: A View from Jamaica
The Mirror of Exploitation
Index
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ISBN: 9780415918077
ISBN-10: 0415918073
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 500
Published: 8th May 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 17.86  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.82
Edition Number: 1