Situated Lives: Gender and Culture in Everyday Life / Edition 1

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Situated Lives brings together the most important recent feminist and critical research that illuminates the lived experience of ordinary women and men. Focusing on gender and culture, these essays situate gender in relationship to the historical and material circumstances where gender, race, class and sexual orientation intersect and shape everyday interaction. They explore several critical social issues: how new technologies are altering reproduction, what new forms of family and household are emerging in response to economic and material realities, what transformations are shaping the workplace, and how men and women in colonial and post-colonial societies resist the cultural construction of their lives by those with greater power and control over the images and ideology. Utilizing rich ethnographic accounts and first-person narratives, these articles examine how ordinary men and women are responding to the complexities of genetic counseling, surrogate motherhood and the abortion debate in the US; resisting management policies in the new workplaces of Malaysia; and contesting forms of cultural and economic domination in Jamaica and the US-Mexican border. Several essays explore the politics of representations, including how colonial administrators, missionaries and the tourist industry have represented "Other," such as the Tswana of South Africa, the peoples of Sumatra, Java and Malaya or Pueblo women potters in the Southwest. In analyzing cultural transformation, gendered practice and varied forms of resistance, these scholars give a sense of hope. Even in the most fouled work sites, repressive regimes, rigid notions of the family, or segregated neighborhoods, men and women express their own cultural meanings, take matters into their own hand and work together.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415918077
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/25/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 502
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Louis Lamphere is Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico and is author of From Working Daughters to Working Mothers. Helena Ragone teaches anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and is the author of Surrogate Motherhood. Patricia Zavella is Professor and Chair of the Community Studies Board at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is author of Women's Work and Chicano Families.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 How Native Is a "Native" Anthropologist? 23
2 Feminist Insider Dilemmas: Constructing Ethnic Identity with "Chicana" Informants 42
3 Carne, Carnales, and the Carnivalesque: Bakhtinian Batos, Disorder, and Narrative Discourses 62
4 The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles 85
5 Making Sense of Missed Conceptions: Anthropological Perspectives on Unexplained Infertility 99
6 Chasing the Blood Tie: Surrogate Mothers, Adoptive Mothers, and Fathers 110
7 Constructing Amniocentesis: Maternal and Medical Discourses 128
8 The "Word-Made" Flesh: The Disembodiment of Gender in the Abortion Debate 142
9 Agency and Constraint: Sterilization and Reproductive Freedom Among Puerto Rican Women in New York City 157
10 Reinventing the South 175
11 "This Permanent Roommate" 192
12 "In the Beginning He Wouldn't Lift Even a Spoon": The Division of Household Labor 208
13 The Meanings of Macho: Changing Mexican Male Identities 223
14 Holding Hands 235
15 Invisibility, Consciousness of the Other, Ressentiment 255
16 A Maid by Any Other Name: The Transformation of "Dirty Work" by Central American Immigrants 271
17 Chicanas in White-Collar Jobs: "You Have to Prove Yourself More" 292
18 Knock 'Em Dead: Work on the Killfloor of a Modern Beefpacking Plant 311
19 Women's Resistance in the Sunbelt: Anglos and Hispanas Respond to Managerial Control 337
20 Spirits of Resistance 355
21 Making Empire Respectable: The Politics of Race and Sexual Morality in Twentieth-Century Colonial Cultures 373
22 The Empire's Old Clothes: Fashioning the Colonial Subject 400
23 Mudwomen and Whitemen: A Meditation on Pueblo Potteries and the Politics of Representation 420
24 Warriors or Soldiers? Masculinity and Ritual Transvestism in the Liberian Civil War 440
25 The Gendered Politics and Violence of Structural Adjustment: A View from Jamaica 451
26 The Mirror of Exploitation 469
Index 487
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