03 August, 2012

Histories of Intimacy and Situated Ethnography

Histories of Intimacy and Situated Ethnography

By- Karen Isaksen Leonard, Gayatri Reddy and Ann Grodzins Gold (eds.)

Celebrating the world of Sylvia Vatuk, this volume highlights the intimate relationship between anthropology and history. The nine essays in this volume are authored by a range of scholars – anthropologists, historians, and folklorists – who have been inspired and influenced by Sylvia Vatuk’s extensive corpus of work on these disciplinary intersections as explored through her research on kinship and family history, gender, aging and the life cycle, and politics and the law.

The essays critically examine and extend Vatuk’s contributions to such intersections of historical and ethnographic work, exploring anew the ways in which constructions of culture are inextricably tied to specific historical and political contexts. The essays also stress the implications of such situated knowledge for contemporary understandings of history, culture, and politics in present-day India.

Apart from the editors the other contributors to this important volume are Helene Basu, Srimati Basu, Tarini Bedi, Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger, Pauline Kolenda, Gloria Goodwin Raheja, Helen E Ulrich, and Pnina Werbner.

Karen Isaksen Leonard is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of California Irvine, Irvine.

Gayatri Reddy is an Associate Professor Gender and Women’s Studies and Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her research lies at the intersections of sexuality, gender, health, and the politics of subject-formation in India, and more recently, within the immigrant South Asian queer community in the U.S.

Ann Grodzine Gold is a Professor of Religion and Anthropology at Syracuse University.

ISBN  978-81-7304-873-9    2010   312p.   Rs.795/ Pounds 50

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