Gender matters: rereading Michelle Z. Rosaldo by Alejandro Lugo, Bill (William) M. Maurer

By Alejandro Lugo, Bill (William) M. Maurer

For the earlier 20 years, the paintings of Michelle Z. Rosaldo has had a profound effect on feminism and anthropology. Gender concerns commemorates her significant position in shaping anthropological paintings and issues towards new instructions for serious inquiry in accordance with a reconsideration of Rosaldo's theoretical and political interventions.With the book of girl, tradition, and Society in 1974, Michelle Rosaldo initiated not anything under a reconstruction of anthropology that put feminist research on the middle of the self-discipline. via a rereading of Rosaldo's principles and arguments, this assortment offers in-depth research of Rosaldo's many contributions to anthropology and feminism. all of the essays derives theoretically and politically invaluable insights from Rosaldo's paintings and units them in movement for brand spanking new highbrow and political practices. The authors don't continually percentage Rosaldo's views, nor do they unavoidably trust one another. yet, jointly, they element to fascinating syntheses of previous and new feminist conception and practice.Alejandro Lugo is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Latina/o experiences, collage of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. invoice Maurer is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, collage of California at Irvine.

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Critique identity, and you unpack subjectivity. Explore emotions, and you explore the inner lives of human beings to reveal how they are constantly "becom­ ing" in social worlds of their making but not their choo sing. What are the implications of a move beyond public and domestic, beyond the self, beyond (but without excluding) sentimentalism and humanism? These are wide-open questions . It remains the task of feminist anthropology to work through them. This volume represents a number of interwoven attempts to do so.

Social control of women may be linked with concerns about bio­ logical reproduction of people as laborers on the land and the reproduction of social and cultural structures that ensure the continuity of productive relationships. Elaborate cultural rules govern marriage and res­ idence. Groups cannot rely on blood kin only and seek to enhance their continuity through adoption, fosterage, and the accumulation of bride­ wealth for more wives. But the interesting question, still seldom asked, is: who is controlling all these people?

Opening up interiors opens up the whole realm of bourgeois politics and subjectivities . In this regard Ros­ aldo had been concerned with how feminists had challenged, mostly inef­ fectively, social science discourses about gendered personal identity. She wrote: one gets the feeling that feminist distress with the failure of social sci­ ence to address issues of gender in the past feeds a sense that gender as a sociological issue is inherently different from other aspects of social organization with implications for personal identity, demanding some sort of nonconventional (and usually, psychologically oriented) account.

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