Taboo: Sex, Identity, and Erotic Subjectivity in Anthropological Fieldwork

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Taboo looks at the ethnographer and sexuality in anthropological fieldwork and considers the many roles that sexuality plays in the anthropological production of knowledge and texts. How does the sexual identity that anthropologists have in their "home" society affect the kind of sexuality they are allowed to express in other cultures? How is the anthropologists'sexuality perceived by the people with whom he or she does research? How common is sexual violence and intimidation in the field and why is its existence...

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Overview

Taboo looks at the ethnographer and sexuality in anthropological fieldwork and considers the many roles that sexuality plays in the anthropological production of knowledge and texts. How does the sexual identity that anthropologists have in their "home" society affect the kind of sexuality they are allowed to express in other cultures? How is the anthropologists'sexuality perceived by the people with whom he or she does research? How common is sexual violence and intimidation in the field and why is its existence virtually unmentioned in anthropology? These are but a few of the questions to be confronted, exploring from differing perspectives the depth of the influence this tabooed topic has on the entire practice and production of anthropology.
A long-overdue text for all students and lecturers of anthropology, many post-fieldwork readers will find a resonance of issues they have previously faced (or tried to avoid) and those who are still to undertake fieldwork will find articles that refer to other kinds of personal and professional experience as well as providing invaluable preparations for coping in the field.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780415088190
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Preface
Introduction: The sexual life of anthropologists: erotic subjectivity and ethnographic work 1
1 Lovers in the field: sex, dominance, and the female anthropologist 29
2 Falling in love with an-Other lesbian: reflections on identity in fieldwork 51
3 The penetrating intellect: on being white, straight, and male in Korea 76
4 Walking the fire line: the erotic dimension of the fieldwork experience 107
5 Tricks, friends, and lovers: erotic encounters in the field 140
6 My 'chastity belt': avoiding seduction in Tonga 168
7 Fear and loving in the West Indies: research from the heart (as well as the head) 186
8 Rape in the field: reflections from a survivor 219
Afterword: Perspective and difference: sexualization, the field, and the ethnographer 251
Index 276
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