Identity and Networks: Fashioning Gender and Ethnicity Across Cultures

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Deborah Fahy Bryceson, Judith Okely, Jonathan Meir Webber
Berghahn Books, Jan 1, 2007 - Social Science - 300 pages
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Contrary to the negative assessments of the social order that have become prevalent in the media since 9/11, this wide-ranging collection of essays, mostly by social anthropologists, focuses instead on the enormous social creativity being invested as collective identities are reconfigured. Using fieldwork findings drawn from Africa, Asia, and Europe, special emphasis is placed on the reformulation of ethnic and gender relationships and identities in the cultural, social, political, and religious realms of public life. Under what circumstances does trust arise, paving the way for friendship, collegiality, knowledge creation, national unity, or emergence of leadership? How is social life constructed as a collective endeavour? Does the means towards sociability become its end? And what can be said about the agency and collegiality of women? The inspiration for examining these conundrums is the work and persona of Shirley Ardener, to whom the volume is dedicated.

Contributors:Jonathan Benthall, Deborah Fahy Bryceson, Gina Buijs, Sandra Burman, Hilary Callan, Gaynor Cohen, Janette Davies, Tamara Dragadze, Ronnie Frankenberg, Peter Geschiere, Kirsten Hastrup, Paula Heinonen, Maria Jaschok, Grazyna Kubica, Rhian Loudon, Sharon Macdonald, Zdzislaw Mach, Fiona Moore, Judith Okely, Lidia D. Sciama, Shui Jingjun, Cecillie Swaisland, Jacqueline Waldren, Jonathan Webber.

Deborah Fahy Bryceson, a social geographer, is a Research Associate at the International Gender Studies and African Studies Centres, Oxford University.Judith Okely, Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at Hull University, is Deputy Director of the International Gender Studies Centre, Oxford University, and Honorary Associate, Oxford Brookes University.Jonathan Webber, a social anthropologist, holds the UNESCO Chair in Jewish and Interfaith Studies at the University of Birmingham.

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Deborah Fahy Bryceson is a Researcher at the African Studies Centre, Leiden University. She is a graduate of the University of Dar es Salaam and took her doctorate at Oxford.

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