Out in the Field: Reflections of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists

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Ellen Lewin, William L. Leap, William Leap
University of Illinois Press, 1996 - Social Science - 315 pages
"Definitive and well-rounded. . . . Explores how anthropologists
manage issues of identity and sexuality in field research and professional
life. In an era when the field worker's positionality is critical to research
and ethnographic writing, this insightful book has much to say to gay
and straight researchers alike." -- Louise Lamphere, University of
New Mexico
"Addresses sensitive, controversial, and tabooed subjects. . . .
Out in the Field will be read by a variety of audiences, within
and outside of anthropology." -- Jean Jackson, Massachusetts Institute
of Technology
Lesbian and gay anthropologists write candidly in Out in the Field
about their research and personal experiences in conducting fieldwork,
about the ethical and intellectual dilemmas they face in writing about
lesbian or gay populations, and about the impact on their careers of doing
lesbian/gay research.
The first volume in which lesbian and gay anthropologists discuss personal
experiences, Out in the Field offers compelling illustrations of
professional lives both closeted and out to colleagues and fieldwork informants.
It also concerns aligning career goals with personal sexual preferences
and speaks directly to issues of representation and authority currently
being explored throughout the social sciences.
CONTRIBUTORS: Geoffrey Burkhart, Liz Goodman, Delores M. Walters, Walter
L. Williams, Sabine Lang, Ellen Lewin, William L. Leap, Ralph Bolton,
Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy, Madeline Davis, Will Roscoe, Esther Newton,
Stephen O. Murray, James Wafer, Kath Weston, Sue-Ellen Jacobs


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Introduction Ellen Lewin and William L Leap
Not Given to Personal Disclosure Geoffrey Burkhart
Rites of Passing Liz Goodman
Being Gay and Doing Fieldwork Walter L Williams
Conducting a Fieldwork Project on Gender
Confessions of a Reformed Grant Hustler Ellen Lewin
How I Got Here from There
The Journey of a Gay Ethnographer in the Years
An Impossible Possibility?
Possible Insights
Sexual Identity in the Textual
Requiem for a Street Fighter Kath Weston
Afterword SueEllen Jacobs

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