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Histories of Intimacy and Situated Ethnography

Karen Isaksen Leonard (Editor) Gayatri Reddy (Editor) Ann Grodzins Gold (Editor)
Synopsis Celebrating the work of Sylvia Vatuk, this volume highlights the intimate relationship between anthropology and history.  The nine essays in this volume are authored by a range of scholars – anthropologists, historians, and folklorists – who have been inspired and influence by Sylvia Vatuk’s extensive corpus of work on these disciplinary intersections as explored through her research on kinship and family history, gender, aging and the life cycle and politics and the law.

The essays critically examine and extend Vatuk’s contributions to such intersections of historical and ethnographic work, exploring anew the ways in which constructions of culture are inextricably tied to specific historical and political contexts.  The essays also stress the implications of such situated knowledge for contemporary understandings of history, culture and politics in present-day India.

Apart from the editors the other contributors to this important volume are Helene Basu, Srimati Basu, Tarini Bedi, Joyce Burkhalter Fluekiger, Pauline Kolenda, Gloria Goodwin Raheja, Helen E Ulrich and Pnina Werbner.


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About the authors

Karen Isaksen Leonard

K.I. Leonard is a Professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences in the School of Social Sciences at the University of California.

Gayatri Reddy

Gayatri Reddy is an Associate Professor Gender and Women’s Studies and Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Chicago.  Her research lies at the intersections of sexuality, gender, health and the politics of subject-formation in India, and more recently, within the immigrant South Asian queer community in the U.S.  Her publications draw on her ethnographic research among hijras in India and include her recent book With Respect to Sex: Negotiating Hijra Identity in South India.

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Bibliographic information

Title Histories of Intimacy and Situated Ethnography
Format Hardcover
Date published: 14.09.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173048739
length 312p., 23cm.
Subjects History