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Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology

Gender and Genre in Ethnographic Writing

Editors: Tauber, Elisabeth, Zinn, Dorothy L. (Eds.)

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  • Focuses on the role of gender in ethnographic writing
  • Contributes to the vein of anthropological research on how anthropologists represent their work and engage in the processes of textual production
  • Reveals gendered divisions of labor throughout the ethnographic process, but particularly in literary presentation of ethnography
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About this book

This book provides new insights into an intense and long-standing debate on women, gender, and masculinity with an explicit focus on ethnographic writing. The six contributors to this book investigate and discuss the multiple connections between ethnographic writing and gender in both the history of anthropology and contemporary anthropology, underlining problems, potentialities, stereotypes, experiments, continuities, changes, and challenges. Building on a prologue by two Malinowski grandchildren and an exploration of the role that Bronislaw Malinowski’s first wife, Elsie Masson, played in his literary presentation, the anthropologists collected here problematize writing gender and gendered writing in ethnography, revealing how these twin themes touch the history of the discipline itself and the classics of anthropology. Has the legacy of Writing Culture and Women Writing Culture obviated the need to consider gender in writing? Or could it be that the very mechanics of ethnographic writing are still imbued with hidden gendered divisions of labor?  Following the editors’ extensive overview of the question, the contributing authors tackle gender and ethnographic writing from various vantages: with a view to the past, but also to the influence of previous feminist critiques in the present, and with accounts of the issues they themselves have faced and the solutions they have devised.

 

About the authors

Elisabeth Tauber is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. She is co-founder of the Malinowski Forum for Ethnography and Anthropology (MFEA).

Dorothy L. Zinn is Professor of Anthropology at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. She is co-founder of the Malinowski Forum for Ethnography and Anthropology (MFEA).



Reviews

"This remarkable volume draws us into a gripping conversation regarding the process by which lived experience is transmuted into ethnographic writing, reminding us forcefully that matters of authorship and its rightful acknowledgement remain to be settled. Delineating both how ethnographic accounts are written from multiple positions of marginalisation and how they are subsequently read, it vividly shows us a field that continues to abound with disparities of power."
— Chandana Mathur, Maynooth University, Ireland


“A timely and ambitious book that shows how issues of gender are far from exhausted. The introduction is compelling, providing a wide-ranging plot in which a novel examination of Malinowski’s collaborative work with his wife Elsie Masson, may lead to an exploration of dialogic and collaborative ethnographic research and writing. Based on their varied ethnographic experiences, the contributors provide thought-provoking insights into how recent anthropology of gender has contributed to this trend in “writing culture.”

— Signe Howell, University of Oslo, Norway

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Prologue

    Pages 1-6

    Ulrich, Lucy (et al.)

  • The Graphy in Ethnography: Reconsidering the Gender of and in the Genre

    Pages 7-44

    Tauber, Elisabeth (et al.)

  • Towards an Anthropological Appreciation of Silence as an Ethnographic Key: Homely, Instrumental, Ethical

    Pages 45-69

    Rapport, Nigel

  • Feminist Ethnography in a Women’s Shelter: Self-Reflexivity, Participation and Activism in Ethnographic Writing

    Pages 71-97

    Della Rocca, Marina

  • Can There Be Feminist Anthropology in Turkey?: Histories, Continuities, and (Dis)Connections of Gender and Genre

    Pages 99-131

    Birkalan-Gedik, Hande

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Hardcover $139.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gender and Genre in Ethnographic Writing
Editors
  • Elisabeth Tauber
  • Dorothy L. Zinn
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-71726-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-71726-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-71725-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 235
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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