Black Feminist Anthropology: Theory, Politics, Prxis, and Poetics

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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 ...
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Overview


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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813529264
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Johnnetta B. Cole
Preface
Introduction: Forging a Theory, Politics, Praxis, and Poetics of Black Feminist Anthropology, Irma McClaurin
1 Seeking the Ancestors: Forging a Black Feminist Tradition in Anthropology, A. Lynn Bolles
2 Theorizing a Black Feminist Self in Anthropology: Toward an Autoethnographic Approach, Irma McClaurin
3 A Passion for Sameness: Encountering a Black Feminist Self in Fieldwork in the Dominican Republic, Kimberly Eison Simmons
4 Disciplining the Black Female Body: Learning Feminism in Africa and the United States, Carolyn Martin Shaw
5 Negotiation Identity and Black Feminist Politics in Caribbean Research, Karla Slocum
6 A Black Feminist Perspective on the Sexual Commodification of Women in the New Global Culture, Angela M. Gilliam
7 Biomedical Ethics, Gender, and Ethnicity: Implications for Black Feminist Anthropology, Cheryl Mwaria
8 Contingent Stories of Anthropology, Race, and Feminism, Paulla A. Ebron
9 A H omegirl Goes Home: Black Feminism and the Lure of Native Anthropology, Cheryl Rodriguez
Contributors
Index
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