A Passion for Difference : Essays in Anthropology and Gender
In this text, Henrietta Moore examines the nature and limitations of the theoretical languages used by anthropologists and others to write about sex, gender and sexuality. Moore begins by discussing recent feminist debates on the body and the notion of the non-universal human subject. She then considers why anthropologists have contributed relatively little to these debates, and suggests that this has much to do with the history of anthropological thought with regard to the conceptualization of "persons" and "selves" cross-culturally. Moore develops a specific anthropologial approach to feminist post-structuralist and psychoanalytic theory. In subsequent chapters, she pursues a series of related themes including the links between gender, identity and violence; questions of gender and identity in the context of intra-household resource allocation; the construction of domestic space and its relationship to bodily practices and the internationalization of relations of difference; and the links between the gender of the anthropologist and the writing of anthropology.
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- Hardback | 180 pages
- 152 x 229mm | 457g
- 13 Oct 1994
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- notes, bibliography, index
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Table of contents
Embodied Selves: Dialogues Between Anthropology and Psychoanalysis. Fantasies of Power and Fantasies of Identity: Gender, Race and Violence. Bodies on the Move: Gender, Power and Material Culture. Social Indentities and the Politics of Reproduction. Master Narratives: Anthropology and Writing. The Feminist Anthropologist and the Passion(s) of New Eve.