Gendered Modernities: Ethnographic Perspectives

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Based on long-term ethnographic research in China, Thailand, Nigeria, Chile, and other areas, the contributors explore the intersection of "gender" and "modernity" in the lives of diverse individuals and groups. How are the messages of modernity/tradition gendered? How are the material practices and cultural meanings of modernity shaped by local ideas of gender and "progress"? They argue that the ideas of “modernity,” progress, rationality, order, and development are profoundly gendered, whether conveyed by media...
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Overview

Based on long-term ethnographic research in China, Thailand, Nigeria, Chile, and other areas, the contributors explore the intersection of "gender" and "modernity" in the lives of diverse individuals and groups. How are the messages of modernity/tradition gendered? How are the material practices and cultural meanings of modernity shaped by local ideas of gender and "progress"? They argue that the ideas of “modernity,” progress, rationality, order, and development are profoundly gendered, whether conveyed by media images of consumption, agendas of nation-building, or legal discourse.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312238780
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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Dorothy L. Hodgson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University. She is the author of "Once Intrepid Warriors": Gender, Ethnicity and the Cultural Politics of Maasai Development.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Contributors
List of Figures and Illustrations
Introduction: Of Modernity/Modernities, Gender, and Ethnography 1
Pt. I Consumption and Desire
Ch. 1 Auditioning for the Chorus Line: Gender, Rural Youth, and the Consumption of Modernity in Thailand 27
Ch. 2 Acadas and Fertilizer Girls: Young Nigerian Women and the Romance of Middle-Class Modernity 53
Pt. II Producing Modernities
Ch. 3 The Strength in the Song: Muslim Personhood, Audible Capital, and Hausa Women's Performance of the Hajj 79
Ch. 4 "Once Intrepid Warriors": Modernity and the Production of Maasai Masculinities 105
Pt. III "Modern Families"
Ch. 5 Mamitis and the Trauma of Development in a Colonia Popular of Mexico City 149
Ch. 6 Growing Girls/Closing Circles: Limits on the Spaces of Knowing in Rural Sudan and United States Cities 173
Pt. IV Engaging Capital and the State
Ch. 7 Mining Men: Chile Exploration Company and the Politics of Copper, Culture, and Gender, 1921-1971 205
Ch. 8 Goudai and the State: Constructing Entrepreneurial Masculinity in Two Cosmopolitan Areas of Post-Socialist China 235
Index 267
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