Gendered Modernities

Ethnographic Perspectives

Editors: Hodgson, D. (Ed.)

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Based on long-term ethnographic research, the book chapters explore the intersection of 'gender' and 'modernity' as they are mediated in the lives and subjectivities 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'? Together these chapters demonstrate that the ideas of progress, rationality, order, and development encompassed by 'modernity' are profoundly gendered, whether conveyed by mass media images of consumption, agendas of nation-building, or legal discourse. Furthermore, the mutual inflections of gender and modernity are at once pervasively 'global,' occurring in different locales and ways; and deeply 'local,' shaping and shaped by the structures and experiences of culture, class, ethnicity, and nation.

About the authors

DOROTHY L. HODGSON teaches anthropology at Rutgers University, where she is an active member of the Center for African Studies and Women's Studies Program. She is the author of 'Once Intrepid Warriors': Gender, Ethnicity and the Cultural Politics of Maasai Development, editor of Rethinking Pastoralism in Africa: Gender, Culture and the Myth of the Patriarchal Pastoralist, and co-editor of 'Wicked' Women and the Reconfiguration of Gender in Africa. Her articles have appeared in Identities, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Ethnology, Journal of African History, Canadian Journal of African Studies and Nomadic Peoples. She is currently completing a book that examines female experiences and expressions of spirituality and power in the context of Catholic evangelization efforts.

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These stunningly wide-ranging explorations of the experiences of communities from China to Chile,Africa to the Americas, are grounded in the best kind of ethnography: serious, sustained, and leavened with historical imagination. - Lila Abu-Lughod, Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies, Columbia University


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Hodgson, Dorothy L.

    Pages 1-23

  • Auditioning for the Chorus Line: Gender, Rural Youth, and the Consumption of Modernity in Thailand

    Mills, Mary Beth

    Pages 27-51

  • Acadas and Fertilizer Girls: Young Nigerian Women and the Romance of Middle-Class Modernity

    Bastian, Misty L.

    Pages 53-76

  • The Strength in the Song: Muslim Personhood, Audible Capital, and Hausa Women’s Performance of the Hajj

    Cooper, Barbara M.

    Pages 79-104

  • “Once Intrepid Warriors”: Modernity and the Production of Maasai Masculinities

    Hodgson, Dorothy L.

    Pages 105-145

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gendered Modernities
Book Subtitle
Ethnographic Perspectives
Editors
  • D. Hodgson
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-09944-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-09944-0
Softcover ISBN
978-0-312-24013-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 271
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