Synopses & Reviews
A companion volume to Out in the Field, a benchmark examination of lesbian and gay experiences in anthropology, Out in Theory presents lesbian and gay anthropology as a distinct specialization and addresses the theoretical issues that define the emerging field.
This collection details the scholarly and personal factors that affected the emergence of lesbian and gay anthropology and speculates on the directions it will take as it continues to diversify. Seeking to legitimize the field's scholarship and address issues in terminology, the essays also define the lesbian and gay anthropology's scope and locate factors that separate it from the wider concerns of the profession. Contributors track the emergence of lesbian and gay studies in social and cultural anthropology, linguistics, archaeology, and in various areas of anthropological activism. They also consider how feminist anthropology helped define the field and how transgendered experience, queer theory, and race and class studies are promoting new directions of inquiry.
Table of Contents
Studying sexual subcultures: excavating the ethnography of gay communities in urban North America / Gayle Rubin -- Reading sexualities across cultures: anthropology and theories of sexuality / Evelyn Blackwood -- "These natives can speak for themselves": the development of gay and lesbian community studies in anthropology / Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy -- Another unhappy marriage? Feminist anthropology and lesbian/gay studies / Ellen Lewin -- Studying lesbian and gay languages: vocabulary, text-making, and beyond / William L. Leap -- The iceman cometh: queering the archaeological past / Robert A. Schmidt -- Bareback sex, risk, and eroticism: anthropological themes (re-)surfacing in the post-AIDS era / Benjamin Junge -- We're "not about gender": the uses of "transgender" / David Valentine -- A queer itinerary: deviant excursions into modernities / Martin F. Manalansan IV -- Do we all "reek of the commodity"? Consumption and the erasure of poverty in lesbian and gay studies / Jeff Maskovsky -- Anthropology's queer future: feminist lessons from tahiti and her islands / Deborah Elliston.