- 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.
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).