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Feminist Anthropology. A Reader. Edition No. 1. Wiley Blackwell Anthologies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • ID: 2246278
  • Book
  • December 2005
  • 474 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Feminist Anthropology surveys the history of feminist anthropology and offers students and scholars a fascinating collection of both classic and contemporary articles, grouped to highlight key themes from the past and present.
  • Offers vibrant examples of feminist ethnographic work rather than synthetic overviews of the field.
  • Each section is framed by a theoretical and bibliographic essay.
  • Includes a thoughtful introduction to the volume that provides context and discusses the intellectual “foremothers” of the field, including Margaret Mead, Ruth Landes, Phyllis Kaberry, and Zora Neale Hurston.
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Introduction: Ellen Lewin..

Part I. Discovering Women across Cultures.


1. Belief and the Problem of Women and The "Problem" Revisited (Edwin Ardener).

2. A Note on the Division of Labor by Sex (Judith K. Brown).

3. Is Woman to Man as Nature is to Culture? (Sherry Ortner).

4. The Traffic in Women: Notes on the "Political Economy" of Sex (Gayle Rubin).

5. The Use and Abuse of Anthropology: Reflections on Feminism and Cross-Cultural Understanding (Michelle Z. Rosaldo).

6. Toward a Unified Theory of Class, Race, and Gender (Karen Brodkin).

Part II. Questioning Positionality.


7. Writing against Culture (Lila Abu-Lughod).

8. My Best Informant’s Dress: The Erotic Equation in Fieldwork (Esther Newton).

9. Feminist Insider Dilemmas: Construction Ethnic Identity with Chicana Informants (Patricia Zavella).

10. Contingent Stories of Anthropology, Race, and Feminism (Paulla Ebron).

Part III. Interpreting Instability and Fluidity.


11. Bringing the Family to Work: Women’s Culture on the Shop Floor (Louise Lamphere).

12. Procreation Stories: Reproduction, Nurturance, and Procreation in Life Narratives of Abortion Activists (Faye Ginsburg).

13. Ethnically Correct Dolls: Toying with the Race Industry (Elizabeth Chin).

14. Strategic Naturalizing: Kinship in an Infertility Clinic (Charis Thompson).

Part IV. Maintaining Commitments.


15. Dirty Protest: Symbolic Overdetermination and Gender in Northern Ireland (Begoña Aretxaga).

16. Women’s Rights are Human Rights: The Merging of Feminine and Feminist: Interests among El Salvador’s Mothers of the Disappeared (CO-MADRES) (Lynn Stephen).

17. Searching for "Voices: Feminism, Anthropology, and the Global Debates over Female Genital Operations (Christine J. Walley).

18. Imagining the Unborn in the Ecuadoran Andes (Lynn M. Morgan).

Part V. Interpreting Instability and Fluidity.


19. "Like a Mother to Them": Stratified Reproduction and West Indian Childcare Workers and Employers in New York (Shellee Colen).

20. Femininity and Flexible Labor: Fashioning Class through Gender on the Global Assembly Line (Carla Freeman).

21. Tombois in West Sumatra: Constructing Masculinity and Erotic Desire (Evelyn Blackwood).

22 "What’s Identity Got to Do with It?" Rethinking Identity in Light of the Mati Work (Gloria Wekker).


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Ellen Lewin University of Iowa.
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