ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Disrupting Coherence

Self Reflections of a Male Ethnographer

It is not so much the gender of the male ethnographer which influences the collection of gender-sensitive information from the field, but it is the "gender regime" prevailing in disciplinary practices such as anthropology and sociology, which determines the path charted by ethnographers and influences their research agenda in a way that culminates in gender-blind ethnographies.

The author is thankful to Maitrayee Chaudhuri and Aparna Rayaprol for many meaningful conversations and for enlightening him about the nuances of feminist theories and practices.

…[W]e needed to persuade our colleagues that anthropology that takes gender into account is not only a good anthropology but a better anthropology.

—Abu-Lughod 1990: 16

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