Taboo: Sex, Identity, and Erotic Subjectivity in Anthropological Fieldwork

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Don Kulick, Margaret Willson
Psychology Press, 1995 - Social Science - 283 pages
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A look at sexuality in anthropological fieldwork. The author looks at how the anthropologists sexual identity in their 'home' society affects the kind of sexuality they are allowed to express in other cultures.Taboo looks at the ethnographer and sexuality in anthropological fieldwork and considers the many roles that sexuality plays in the anthropological production of knowledge and texts.* How does the sexual identity that anthropologists have in their "home" society affect the kind of sexuality they are allowed to express in other cultures?*How is the anthropologists' sexuality perceived by the people with whom he or she does research?*How common is sexual violence and intimidation in the field and why is its existence virtually unmentioned in anthropology?A long-overdue text for all students and lecturers of anthropology, many post-fieldwork readers will find a resonance of issues they have previously faced (or tried to avoid) and those who are still to undertake fieldwork will find articles that refer to other kinds of personal and professional experience as well as providing invaluable preparations for coping in the field.

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Lovers in the field Sex dominance and the female anthropologist
Falling in love with anOther lesbian Reflections on identity in fieldwork
The penetrating intellect On being white straight and male in Korea
Walking the fire line The erotic dimension of the fieldwork experience
Tricks friends and lovers Erotic encounters in the field
My chastity belt Avoiding seduction in Tonga
Fear and loving in the West Indies Research from the heart as well as the head
Rape in the field Reflections from a survivor
Perspective and difference sexualization the field and the ethnographer

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