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Sex, Sexuality, and the Anthropologist

by Michael Ashkenazi

  • ISBN: 9780252024375
  • ISBN10: 0252024370

Sex, Sexuality, and the Anthropologist

by Michael Ashkenazi

  • List Price: $42.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
  • Publish date: 03/01/1999
  • ISBN: 9780252024375
  • ISBN10: 0252024370
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Description: Sex in the field -- the dilemma of whether to cover up or display sexual identities and desires during the course of anthropological fieldwork -- is one of the best-kept secrets in the discipline. This volume brings sex and sexuality into the open as essential components of ethnographic study.

Sex, Sexuality, and the Anthropologist recounts the real-life experiences of anthropologists who are forced to acknowledge that their hosts in the field view them as gendered beings in a social context, not as asexual, objective observers. Ranging from public baths in Austria to lesbian bars in Taiwan and from Mexico to Nigeria to Finland to Japan, Sex, Sexuality, and the Anthropologist raises critical questions about ethnographers' reflexivity, subjectivity, and detachment and confronts the challenge of a holistic approach to the anthropological enterprise.

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