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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Contents

The volume
19
Fictive kinship or mistaken identity? Fieldwork on Tubetube
44
being male seeing myth
63
more endangered more
78
Facework of a female elder in a Lisu field Thailand
93
changing images
143
a Madras encounter
159
Sexuality and masculinity in fieldwork among Colombian blacks
199
masculinity and fieldwork in a south
215
reflections on fieldwork
234
the nativised self and the native
248
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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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