In this book Henrietta Moore examines the 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, suggesting that this reflects the history of anthropology’s conceptualization of “persons” or “selves” cross-culturally. The author also pursues a series of related themes, including the links between gender, identity, and violence; the construction of domestic space and its relationship to bodily practices and the internalization of relations of difference; and the links between the gender of the anthropologist and the writing of anthropology.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Passion for Difference.
1. The Divisions Within: Sex, Gender and Sexual Difference.
2. Embodied Selves: Dialogues Between Anthropology and Psychoanalysis.
3. Fantasies of Power and Fantasies of Identity: Gender, Race and Violence.
4. Bodies on the Move: Gender, Power and Material Culture.
5. Social Identities and the Politics of Reproduction.
6. Master Narratives: Anthropology and Writing.
7. The Feminist Anthropologist and the Passion(s) of New Eve.