Gendered Fields: Women, Men, and Ethnography

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Diane Bell, Patricia Caplan, Wazir-Jahan Begum Karim
Psychology Press, 1993 - Social Science - 260 pages
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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, 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. 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 self of the ethnographer.

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John A. Grim is Senior Lecturer, Yale Divinity School.

Pat Caplan is a professor of anthropology at Goldsmith College, England. She has published several books on Mafia Island in Tanzania, including Choice and Constraint in a Swahili Community and African Voices, African Lives: Personal Narratives from a Swahili Village.

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