Feminist Fields: Ethnographic Insights

Edited by Rae Bridgman, Sally Cole, and Heather Howard-Bobiwash

© 1999

Feminist Fields offers a rich and varied portrait of both the current work in feminist anthropology and future possibilities for dialogue between feminism and anthropology. Contributors to the book present critical analyses of a broad range of ethnographic topics: national feminism, gender and identity formation, cultural continuity, ethnographic authority, ethics and representation, empowerment and resistance. Here, young practitioners alongside more established scholars share their theoretical insights, bringing them to life through first-person narratives and stories. Throughout, there is a clear sense of the intellectual inspiration to be had from the practice of feminist anthropology and its emphasis on the power of thoughtful reflexivity in fieldwork and writing practices. Also recognized is an urgent need to bring forward the perspectives of those whose knowledge has been forgotten, ignored, or actively silenced.

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Feminist Fields offers a rich and varied portrait of both the current work in feminist anthropology and future possibilities for dialoguebetween feminism and anthropology.

Feminist Fields: Ethnographic Insights

Edited by Rae Bridgman, Sally Cole, and Heather Howard-Bobiwash

© 1999

Feminist Fields offers a rich and varied portrait of both the current work in feminist anthropology and future possibilities for dialogue between feminism and anthropology. Contributors to the book present critical analyses of a broad range of ethnographic topics: national feminism, gender and identity formation, cultural continuity, ethnographic authority, ethics and representation, empowerment and resistance. Here, young practitioners alongside more established scholars share their theoretical insights, bringing them to life through first-person narratives and stories. Throughout, there is a clear sense of the intellectual inspiration to be had from the practice of feminist anthropology and its emphasis on the power of thoughtful reflexivity in fieldwork and writing practices. Also recognized is an urgent need to bring forward the perspectives of those whose knowledge has been forgotten, ignored, or actively silenced.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    Just when you thought there was nothing new to be said about gender and culture, along comes a book to change your mind! Feminist Fields is a wonderful collection of essays, offering us fresh insights into the shifting spaces of feminism, anthropology, and ethnographic writing. The volume's real strength lies in its diverse contributions, a diversity that at the same time embraces the productive tensions between different understandings of 'place' and feminist practice. A fascinating read, and highly recommended.


    Lynne Phillips, University of Windsor
  • Author Information

    Rae Bridgman is assistant professor in the Department of City Planning in the Faculty of Architecture and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Manitoba. She is the co-author of Braving the Street: The Anthropology of Homelessness (1999).



    Sally Cole is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University. She is author of Woman of the Praia: Work and Lives in a Portuguese Coastal Community (1991).



    Heather Howard-Bobiwash is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, and is the co-editor of The Meeting Place: Aboriginal Life in Toronto (1997).

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements

    One
    Introduction
    Rae Bridgmen, Sally Cole, Heather Howard-Bobiwash

    Two
    Pilgrim Souls, Honorary Men, (Un)Dutiful Daughters: Sojourners in Modernist Anthropology
    Sally Cole

    Three
    Translating Mother Tongues: Amy Tan and Maxine Hong Kingston on Ethnographic Authority
    Karen Su

    Four
    U.S. Feminist Ethnography and the Denationalizing of "America": A Retrospective on Women Writing Culture
    Deborah A. Gordon

    Five
    Beyond Selves and Others: Embodying and Enacting Meta-narratives with a Difference
    Cory Silverstein

    Six
    "Home Has Always Been Hard for Me": Single Mothers' Narratives of Identity, Home, and Loss
    Susan Frohlick

    Seven
    "Oh, So You Have a Home to Go To?": Empowerment and Resistance in Work with Chronically Homeless Women
    Rae Bridgman

    Eight
    "Like Her Lips To My Ear": Reading Anishnaabekweg Lives and Aboriginal Cultural Continuity in the City
    Heather Howard-Bobiwash

    Nine
    Who Are We For Them? On Doing Research in the Palestinian West Bank
    Celia Rothenberg

    Ten
    Narrating Embodied Lives: Muslim Women on the Coast of Kenya
    Parin A. Dossa

    Eleven
    Off the Feminist Platform in Turkey: Cherkess Gender Relations
    Gönül Ertem

    Twelve
    Colonial and Post-Revolutionary Discourses and Nicaraguan Feminist Constructions of Mestiza: Reflections of a Cultural Traveller
    Milagros Ortiz Barillas

    Thirteen
    "Fixo Ben" (She Did the Right Thing): Women and Social Disruption in Rural Galicia
    Sharon R. Roseman

    Fourteen
    "To Reclaim Yoruba Tradition is to Reclaim Our Queens of Mother Africa": Recasting Gender Through Mediated Practices of the Everyday
    Kamari Maxine Clarke

    Fifteen
    Gender and Identity Formation in Post-Socialist Ukraine: The Case of Women in the Shuttle Business
    Tatiana Zhurzhenko

    Sixteen
    Rural Women and Economic Development in Reform Era China: The Strategy of the Official Women's Movement
    Ellen Judd

    Seventeen
    Feminist Fields: Conversations to Be Continued
    Heather Howard-Bobiwash, compiler

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