Feminist Anthropology: A Reader / Edition 1

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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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Feminist Anthropology says it all: from the early debates on universal oppression of women, to the continued rethinking of resistance and political creativity, this wonderful collection highlights the important work that feminist anthropologists have done, and beckons others to continue this important work.” Rayna Rapp, New York University

“Ellen Lewin contributes outstanding commentaries and analyses that introduce and connect some of the most valuable and timeless work in feminist anthropology. This book is an extraordinary resource for teaching in anthropology and across the disciplines.” A. Lynn Bolles, University of Maryland, and past President of the Association for Feminist Anthropology

“This well-selected anthology is a treasure trove, guiding readers through more than three decades of feminist anthropology—from the pioneers to the next generation of cutting-edge scholars in the field.” Florence E. Babb, University of Florida

“A unique and useful compilation… Highly recommended”

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Meet the Author

Ellen Lewin is Professor of Women’s Studies and Anthropology, The University of Iowa.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Belief and the problem of women and the 'problem' revisited 47
2 A note on the division of labor by sex 66
3 Is female to male as nature is to culture? 72
4 The traffic in women : notes on the "political economy" of sex 87
5 The use and abuse of anthropology : reflections on feminism and cross-cultural understanding 107
6 Toward a unified theory of class, race, and gender 129
7 Writing against culture 153
8 My best informant's dress : the erotic equation in fieldwork 170
9 Feminist insider dilemmas : constructing ethnic identity with Chicana informants 186
10 Contingent stories of anthropology, race, and feminism 203
11 Bringing the family to work : women's culture on the shop floor 222
12 Procreation stories : reproduction, nurturance, and procreation in life narratives of abortion activists 235
13 Ethnically correct dolls : toying with the race industry 250
14 Strategic naturalizing : kinship in an infertility clinic 271
15 Dirty protest : symbolic overdetermination and gender in northern Ireland ethnic violence 295
16 Women's rights are human rights : the merging of feminine and feminist interests among El Salvador's mothers of the disappeared (CO-MADRES) 311
17 Searching for "voices" : feminism, anthropology, and the global debates over female genital operations 333
18 Imaging the unborn in the Ecuadoran Andes 358
19 "Like a mother to them" : stratified reproduction and West Indian childcare workers and employers in New York 380
20 Femininity and flexible labor : fashioning class through gender on the global assembly line 397
21 Tombois in West Sumatra : constructing masculinity and erotic desire 411
22 "What's identity got to do with it?" : rethinking identity in light of the Mati work in Suriname 435
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