Fiona Gill and
Catherine Maclean (2002) 'Knowing your Place: Gender
and Reflexivity in two Ethnographies'
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Through violating cultural norms, I had discovered that the boundaries between men's space and women's space are strongly marked and that if I wanted to continue with my fieldwork I must do so in a culturally acceptable manner - I must keep in my place.
(Middleton 1986: 129)
In recognizing that we are constructed, shaped and challenged by fieldwork, we can become more attuned to what is going on in the specific cultural setting...Fieldwork always starts from where we are. We do not come to a setting without an identity, constructed and shaped by complex social processes.
(Coffey 1999: 158)
as a human being, and the truth I have tried to tell concerns the sea change in one's self that comes from immersion in another and alien world.
(Bowen 1954: Notes)
who risk their stake in mainstream anthropological debate, their 'respectability', and perhaps even their careers by discussing these problems too publicly.
(Kulick and Willson 1995: 4)
A central aspect of academic life . . . is the denial of gender at work. . . we are expected to study, administer, write, and teach as if gender did not matter.
(Moreno 1995: 246)
my long association with the area means that I am aware to an extent of how the appropriate way to behave differs from the urban, academic society I usually live in, but presumably I will also fail to notice or understand some things until after they have influenced people's impressions of me. (1997: 48)
I would suggest that nearly any woman outsider who cannot be controlled by the norms of the dominant society is typecast as loose: loose because she is truly independent, and because she is not controlled by the male-ordered society. (Willson 1995: 263)
Identity and selfhood are primarily viewed relatively impersonally, and in terms of achieving successful access and research results.
(Coffey 1999: 5)
I was a highly visible presence. As a result, I became more visible to myself - as a female - over time. Having my gender reflected so consistently by those with whom I came in contact brought me ultimately to a point where I became more aware of myself as a gendered being. (Altork 1995: 131-132)
2'crack' or 'craic' is friendly chat, gossip and the latest news. Someone who is 'good crack' is good fun to talk to.
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