Feminist Anthropology

Past, Present, and Future

Author: Pamela L. Geller,Miranda K. Stockett

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812220056

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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Feminist Anthropology probes critical issues in the study of gender, sex, and sexuality. While feminist anthropology is often perceived as fragmented, this vital new work establishes common ground and situates feminist inquiries within the larger context of social theory and anthropological practice.

Gender at the Crossroads of Knowledge

Feminist Anthropology in the Postmodern Era

Author: Micaela Di Leonardo

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520070936

Category: Social Science

Page: 422

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"Gender at the Crossroads of Knowledge offers us much more than a sampling of current work in feminist anthropology. . . . Taken together, the chapters ought to convince readers that feminist anthropology is a force to be reckoned with in the reshaping of our intellectual life. It presents a challenge to the familiar conceptual categories out of which not only our theories but also our everyday experience are built. . . . Feminist anthropology has a very important analytical position in gender studies generally. . . . This volume will do a good job of presenting anthropological contributions to non-anthropological audiences."--Rena Lederman, Princeton University

Black Feminist Anthropology

Theory, Politics, Praxis, and Poetics

Author: Irma McClaurin

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813529264

Category: Social Science

Page: 277

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In the discipline's early days, anthropologists by definition were assumed to be white and male. Women and black scholars were relegated to the field's periphery. From this marginal place, white feminist anthropologists have successfully carved out an acknowledged intellectual space, identified as feminist anthropology. Unfortunately, the works of black and non-western feminist anthropologists are rarely cited, and they have yet to be respected as significant shapers of the direction and transformation of feminist anthropology. In this volume, Irma McClaurin has collected-for the first time-essays that explore the role and contributions of black feminist anthropologists. She has asked her contributors to disclose how their experiences as black women have influenced their anthropological practice in Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States, and how anthropology has influenced their development as black feminists. Every chapter is a unique journey that enables the reader to see how scholars are made. The writers present material from their own fieldwork to demonstrate how these experiences were shaped by their identities. Finally, each essay suggests how the author's field experiences have influenced the theoretical and methodological choices she has made throughout her career. Not since Diane Wolf's Feminist Dilemmas in the Field or Hortense Powdermaker's Stranger and Friend have we had such a breadth of women anthropologists discussing the critical (and personal) issues that emerge when doing ethnographic research.

Feminist Anthropology

A Reader

Author: Ellen Lewin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 140515456X

Category: Social Science

Page: 544

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Feminist Anthropology surveys the history of feministanthropology and offers students and scholars a fascinatingcollection of both classic and contemporary articles, grouped tohighlight key themes from the past and present. Offers vibrant examples of feminist ethnographic work ratherthan synthetic overviews of the field. Each section is framed by a theoretical and bibliographicessay. Includes a thoughtful introduction to the volume that providescontext and discusses the intellectual “foremothers” ofthe field, including Margaret Mead, Ruth Landes, Phyllis Kaberry,and Zora Neale Hurston.

Feminism and Anthropology

Author: Henrietta L. Moore

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745667996

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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This is the first book which examines the nature and significance of a feminist critique in anthropology. It offers a clear introduction to, and balanced assessment of, the theoretical and practical issues raised by the development of a feminist anthropology. Henrietta Moore situates the development of a feminist approach in anthropology within the context of the discipline, examining the ways in which women have been studied in anthropology - as well as the ways in which the study of gender has influenced the development of the discipline anthropology. She considers the application of feminist work to key areas of anthropological research, and addresses the question of what social anthropology has to contribute to contemporary feminism. Throughout the book Henrietta Moore's analysis is informed by her own extensive fieldwork in Africa and by her concern to develop anthropological theory and method by means of feminist critique. This book will be of particular value to students in anthropology, women's studies and the social sciences.

Mapping Feminist Anthropology in the Twenty-First Century

Author: Ellen Lewin,Leni M. Silverstein

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813574307

Category: Social Science

Page: 310

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Feminist anthropology emerged in the 1970s as a much-needed corrective to the discipline’s androcentric biases. Far from being a marginalized subfield, it has been at the forefront of developments that have revolutionized not only anthropology, but also a host of other disciplines. This landmark collection of essays provides a contemporary overview of feminist anthropology’s historical and theoretical origins, the transformations it has undergone, and the vital contributions it continues to make to cutting-edge scholarship. Mapping Feminist Anthropology in the Twenty-First Century brings together a variety of contributors, giving a voice to both younger researchers and pioneering scholars who offer insider perspectives on the field’s foundational moments. Some chapters reveal how the rise of feminist anthropology shaped—and was shaped by—the emergence of fields like women’s studies, black and Latina studies, and LGBTQ studies. Others consider how feminist anthropologists are helping to frame the direction of developing disciplines like masculinity studies, affect theory, and science and technology studies. Spanning the globe—from India to Canada, from Vietnam to Peru—Mapping Feminist Anthropology in the Twenty-First Century reveals the important role that feminist anthropologists have played in worldwide campaigns against human rights abuses, domestic violence, and environmental degradation. It also celebrates the work they have done closer to home, helping to explode the developed world’s preconceptions about sex, gender, and sexuality.

Cultural Alternatives and a Feminist Anthropology

An Analysis of Culturally Constructed Gender Interests in Papua New Guinea

Author: Frederick Errington,Deborah Gewertz

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521375917

Category: Social Science

Page: 185

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The Chambri of Papua New Guinea are well known as being the "Tchambuli" of Margaret Mead's influential work, Sex and Temperament, in which she described them as people among whom, in contrast to Western society, women dominated over men. In this book, the authors analyze Mead's data and present original material to reveal that Mead misinterpreted the Chambri situation. In fact, Chambri women neither dominate men, nor vice versa. They use this reformulated interpretation to discuss the relevance of the Chambri case for the understanding of gender relations in Western society today, showing that male dominance is not inevitable. At the same time, they use their knowledge of cultural alternatives to clarify Western feminist objectives.

Out in Theory

The Emergence of Lesbian and Gay Anthropology

Author: Ellen Lewin,William Leap,William L. Leap

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252070761

Category: Social Science

Page: 329

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A companion volume to Lewin and Leap's Out in the field, this study presents lesbian and gay anthropology as a distinct specialization and addresses the theoretical issues that define the emerging field. The essays detail the scholarly, personal, and political factors that affected the emergence of lesbian and gay anthropology; they define the lesbian and gay anthropology's scope and subject matter and consider how feminist anthropology helped define the field, and how transgendered experience, queer theory, race and class studies are promoting a new direction of inquiry.

Women's Place in the Andes

Engaging Decolonial Feminist Anthropology

Author: Florence E. Babb

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520970411

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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In Women’s Place in the Andes Florence E. Babb draws on four decades of anthropological research to reexamine the complex interworkings of gender, race, and indigeneity in Peru and beyond. She deftly interweaves five new analytical chapters with six of her previously published works that exemplify currents in feminist anthropology and activism. Babb argues that decolonizing feminism and engaging more fully with interlocutors from the South will lead to a deeper understanding of the iconic Andean women who are subjects of both national pride and everyday scorn. This book’s novel approach goes on to set forth a collaborative methodology for rethinking gender and race in the Americas.

Feminist Theories for Dramatic Criticism

Author: Gayle Austin

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472064298

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 139

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Looks at post-war American drama by women, bridging the gap between theatrical theory and feminist theory

Handbook of Methods in Cultural Anthropology

Author: H. Russell Bernard,Clarence C. Gravlee

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0759120722

Category: Social Science

Page: 822

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Draws on both science and humanism to explore the scope of contemporary anthropological fieldwork in practice. This thoroughly revised second edition also features new chapters addressing online ethnography; mixed methods and social survey research; and network and geospatial analysis.

The Impact of Feminist Research in the Academy

Author: Christie Farnham

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253116031

Category: Education

Page: N.A

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"... comprehensive, well-written, and useful... A must... " -- Choice "... interdisciplinary... with exciting contributions from the humanities and the social and natural sciences." -- Quest "... a treasure of rich and challenging scholarship that covers many fields... " -- Religious Education "The helpful insights from a wide range of disciplines -- Economics to Literature -- accumulated here in a focused manner should be useful to all scholars interested in Women's Studies." -- Kathryn Allen Rabuzzi, Syracuse University, Religious Studies Review "... exciting, state-of-the-art essays across a wide variety of fields." -- Gender & Society Nationally recognized scholars assess the impact of over a decade of research on women. Originally intended merely as a corrective -- filling in a missing part of the story -- the cumulative effect of this body of scholarship is to pose paradigm shifts for the traditional disciplines.

Feminist Theory Across Disciplines

Feminist Community and American Women's Poetry

Author: Shira Wolosky

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136668462

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

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Defying traditional definitions of public and private as gendered terms, and broadening discussion of women’s writing in relation to feminist work done in other fields, this study addresses American women’s poetry from the seventeenth to late-twentieth century. Engaging the fields of literary criticism, anthropology, psychology, history, political theory, religious culture, cultural studies, and poetics, this study provides entry into some of the founding feminist discussions across disciplines, moving beyond current scholarship to pursue an interpretation of feminism’s defining interests and assumptions in the context of women’s writing. The author emphasizes and explores how women’s writing expresses their active participation in community and civic life, emerging from and shaping a woman’s selfhood as constituted through relationships, not only on the personal level, but as forming community commitments. This distinctive formation of the self finds expression in women’s voices and other poetic forms of expression, with the aesthetic power of poetry itself bringing different arenas of human experience to bear on each other in mutual interrogation and reflection. Women poets have addressed the public world, directly or through a variety of poetic structures and figures, and in doing so they have defined and expressed specific forms of selfhood engaged in and committed to communal life.

Gender's Place

Feminist Anthropologies of Latin America

Author: Rosario Montoya,Lessie Jo Frazier,Janise Hurtig

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781403960405

Category: Social Science

Page: 306

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Gender's Place integrates key theoretical issues and rich ethnographic cases in the feminist anthropology of Latin America around the concept of "desalambrar" (to tear down fences). This collection explores ways in which the interrelationship of gender and "place" can serve as a lens for analyzing the cultural, social, and historical specificity of gender and other social inequalities. By "tearing down" theoretical and analytic fences prevalent in research on gender in Latin America in order to construct ethnographically specific alternatives, the book demonstrates the unique contribution that anthropology can make to gender and area studies.

Scientists and Storytellers

Feminist Anthropologists and the Construction of the American Southwest

Author: Catherine Jane Lavender

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 9780826338686

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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The work of four early women ethnographers--Elsie Clews Parsons, Ruth Benedict, Gladys Reichard, and Ruth Underhill-- and their emphases on women's roles in Southwestern Indian cultures.

A Passion for Difference

Essays in Anthropology and Gender

Author: Henrietta L. Moore

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745668054

Category: Social Science

Page: 188

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In this new book Henrietta Moore examines the nature and limitations of the theoretical languages used by anthropologists and others to write about sex, gender and sexuality. Moore begins by discussing recent feminist debates on the body and the notion of the non-universal human subject. She then considers why anthropologists have contributed relatively little to these debates, and suggests that this has much to do with the history of anthropological thought with regard to the conceptualization of "persons" and "selves" cross-culturally. Moore develops a specific anthropological approach to feminist post-structuralist and psychoanalytic theory. In subsequent chapters Moore pursues a series of related themes including the links between gender, identity and violence; questions of gender and identity in the context of intra-household resource allocation; the construction of domestic space and its relationship to bodily practices and the internationalization of relations of difference; and the links between the gender of the anthropologist and the writing of anthropology. This volume demonstrates anthropology's contribution to current debates in feminist theory.

Naturalizing Power

Essays in Feminist Cultural Analysis

Author: Sylvia Yanagisako,Carol Delaney

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136652876

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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This collection of essays analyzes relations of social inequality that appear to be logical extensions of a "natural order" and in the process demonstrates that a revitalized feminist anthropology of the 1990s has much to offer the field of feminist theory. Contributors:Susan McKinnon, Kath Weston, Rayna Rapp, Janet Dolgin, Harriet Whitehead, Carol Delaney, Brackette Williams, Sylvia Yanagisako, Phyllis Chock, Sherry Ortner and Anna Tsing.

Ethnographic Feminisms

Essays in Anthropology

Author: Sally Cole

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773581324

Category: Social Science

Page: 313

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This book is written by anthropologists who are currently engaged in research on gender. The editors argue for the development of an ethnography-based feminism that both pays heed to what women in specific circumstances identify as their concerns and recognizes the contradictions inherent in the goals of feminist anthropology. The essays consider a range of "awkward" issues, including feminism in international contexts, the invisibility of women's working lives, and the problems of voice and ethnographic representation. Referring to a variety of ethnographic contexts, and working from diverse perspectives, the contributors examine the multiple dilemmas and conflicts of gender and power.