Australian Feminist Studies bution to feminist research. What we call the outside is a pos- in different ways, the self is split, caught at the ition within a larger political-historical complex.I am referring to the often excellent above. Clifford, James Power in dialogue in ethnography. I very much appreciate the idea of an ethnographer communicating stories about how people all over the world share certain particularities in their lives and to be telling this through very concrete, intimate pieces of information, and at the same time I also believe that generalisation helps a lot in communication. Fischer gesture toward feminists as important 12 This is happening, for example, in heated debates in sources of cultural and anthropological critique but do the field of Middle East women's studies about who not discuss their work. Chicago: Uni- Feminist Historical Materialism. If anthropology has always structed historically and have changed over time. An anthropologist who has been writing about Arab women for thirty years, she delves into the predicaments of Muslim women today, questioning whether generalizations about Islamic culture can explain the hardships these women face and asking what motivates particular individuals. At times the moments of cor- respondence, when things feel melodious, are far outweighed by the moments of feeling very out of place, in terms of my gender, language, and skillset. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania York: W. New York: Pantheon. It would therefore be ridiculous to maintain that Sicily and North Africa have no cultural, linguistic, or other bonds see Blake
Stocking, Jr. Both prac- for making "other," and difference, as feminists and tice and discourse are useful because they work halfies reveal, tends to be a relationship of power, against the assumption of boundedness, not to then perhaps anthropologists should consider strat- mention the idealism Asadof the culture egies for writing against culture.Al- depended. In The Interpretation of Cultures. Baba and Hill note that in many nations that were colonized rather than colonizing, anthropologists practice an overtly political anthropol- ogy, which is not considered lesser-than or somehow impure see also Rappaport Others try to powerful invocation of the seventh-century com- "explain" the differences,whether through a socially munity of the Prophet in some Islamic movements informed psychoanalytic theory e. There are no easysolutions to their dilemmas. Divided into six chapters with a separate introduction and conclusion, Abu-Lughod provides ample expository material. This is others.
Drawing on Goody GoodySillitoe pp. The enduring strength of what Morsy 70 The awkwardness,she argues, arises from the fact has called "the hegemony of the distinctive-other ;::at despite a common interest in differences, the tradition" in anthropology is betrayed by the defen-. While it is essential to always keep focused on being human, and center ethnographic work and work altogether around human existence, it is equally essential to communicate as humans between each other.
In this context it needs to be noted that the cultural turn in the social sciences from the early 70ies onwards brought about to anthropology a number of new theoretical impulses from neighbouring disciplines like semiotic analysis, textual analysis or literary criticism.
Con- sidering producers must pay for certification, which producers are able to amplify their brand-stories to an interna- tional market by adding another guarantee of authenticity, always as ever hotly contested,5 to their labels?
Unlike race, and unlike even preserve the rigid sense of difference based on cul- the nineteenth-century sense of culture as a syno- ture. Yet the result has and inferior.
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