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

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

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A look at sexuality in anthropological fieldwork. The author looks at how the anthropologists sexual identity in their ‘home’ society affects the kind of sexuality they are allowed to express in other cultures.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?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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