Women Writing Culture

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Ruth Behar, Deborah A. Gordon
University of California Press, 1995 - Social Science - 457 pages
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"A rich collection that I will use in teaching graduates and undergraduates about the weave of ethnography, narrative, the women's movement, and feminism. Crafted by an impressive range of scholars, the essays are empirically rich and theoretically cogent. But most important, they engage the complexities of multicultural, feminist, and multinational ethnographies and the stories that matter to politics, scholarship, and lives. With an ear for the tones of race and gender, this book answers the political, generic, and theoretical challenge of Writing Culture with layered essays that rewrite an important range of cultural conversations."—Donna Haraway, author of Professor, History of Consciousness Board, UCSC

"Since the advent of the 'post-modern' in ethnography, we have been much in need of a marvelous volume such as this, placing 'woman' at the center of the debate. Women Writing Culture will prove as stimulating for our time as its great predecessor, Women, Culture and Society was for the 1970s."—Jose E. Limon, University of Texas

"A groundbreaking book—provocative, illuminating, imaginative—and it is a pleasure to read. A trenchant yet always generous feminist critique of the masculinist bias in the theoretical canon of anthropological texts, it expansively and imaginatively maps the future directions of a feminist anthropology. In moving and courageous acts of reconstruction, the writers in this volume boldly cross disciplinary and generic lines, reading fiction as anthropology, writing theater as ethnography, getting personal, radically reconceiving the relationship of self and other and, thereby, the field itself. Feminist scholars of all disciplines will find here enabling textual and conceptual strategies as well as memorable voices and powerful stories."—Marianne Hirsch, Dartmouth College, author of The Mother-Daughter Plot
 

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Contents

Beyond Self and Other
33
THEATER WOMEN OF COLOR
49
Another History Another Canon
85
ZO RA NEA LE HURSTONS EXPERIMENTAL ETH NO GRAPHIES I 48
148
R U T H LAND ES AND THE EARLY ETH NO G R A
166
MARG ARET MEAD AND THE RUST LINGO FTHEWINDIN
186
Does Anthropology Have a Sex?
247
O N THE SEXUAL DIVISION OF TEXTUAL LABOR 2 67
267
MALENESS TRAVEL AND ANTHROPOLOGY 3 o 6
306
FEMINIST ETH NO GRAPHY AND THE DIS SE MINATION
373
o IN DIALO GUE 2 READING ACROSS MINORITY DISCOURSES 39
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CULTURE WRITING W O MEN
429
Notes on Contributors
443
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Ruth Behar is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan and the author of Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza's Story (1993). Deborah Gordon is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at Wichita State University.

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