AN100 Study Guide - Final Guide: Ethnography, San People, Almadraba
ProfessorElaine Clark- Rapley
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Ch. 3: Fieldwork on Prostitution in the Era of AIDS
Claire Sterk; long term study of prostitutes in New York City and Atlanta,
• Being an unknown woman in an area known for prostitution caused her
to be noticed and avoided by the other women.
• Started o& by only saying “Hi” and “How are you” in the initial weeks
◦ Got to know some girls early on, but learned not to be too
dependent on them
◦ Didn’t take an expert role or share her own opinions
• After becoming known, some girls and pimps would look out for her.
She became one of them.
Ch. 4: Nice Girls Don’t Talk to Rasta
Female American student, Hanna, living in a rural village o& of Barbados.
• Villagers hated Rasta’s because they didn’t work, and they stole fruit
• Hanna talked with a Rasta to study him, everyone thought they were
having relations and Hanna was shunned.
◦ Subject to naive realism, cross-cultural misunderstanding
◦ Overlooked the existence of class distinctions within the village.
Ch. 38: Public Interest Ethnography: Women’s Prisons and Health
Care in California
Public interest ethnography is a branch of applied anthropology that has 4
• The study of people a&ected by public policy
• An emphasis on the human consequences of public policy
• Production of advice for policy makers
• And the empowerment of those a&ected by policy
Study of Californian prison system to remedy poor health conditions
• Conducted ethnographic interviews; talked about mistrust of medical
sta&, lack of sanitation, overcrowding, e&ects of poverty, gaining
access to care, and the language barriers.
Women’s Health Care Project:
1. Make prison health care more e<cient, as well as more trustworthy
2. Increase language accessibility
3. Improve nutrition options, and improve sanitation and hygiene
4. Reduce debt accrual
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SEX AND GENDER
Global women in the new economy * Article 35
Describes the life of a nanny who unequally divides her time between her
foreign employer’s family and her own family at home
• Traces the migration routes of nannies from their homes to work in
• Discusses the push and pull factors sending women as migrant workers
for care work
• Describes the positive and negative impacts of migration for work
Negotiating Work and Family in America * Article 20
• Concerns how women navigate work and home life after becoming
• Argues that professional women face signi@cant structural barriers in
an attempt to balance work and family
• Examines factors that “push” and “pull” some women out of the
• Highlights the ‘interdependence’ of First world and third world women;
global, gender-division of labour; di&erences between women.
Women in the Mines * Article 14
• Gives examples of how women @t into a working culture known to be
hostile to females
• Illustrates how women miners shift between identities to adapt to the
• Describes the di&erent “types” of women workers
◦ “tomboy”, “ladies”, “bitches"
• Compares risks, uncertainties, and rewards of all gendered positions in
MARRIAGE AND KINSHIP
Ch. 17: Family and Kinship in Village India
Setting: May, 1962 - Gameti men in village of Ratakote (S. Rajasthan, India)
• Villagers anchor themselves in their families. They spend great energy
on creating and maintaining their kinship system.
• Marriage constructs alliances between families, lineages, and clans.
◦ Resulting kinship network is a pivotal structure in Indian society.
◦ People’s personal reputations depend on the quality and number
of their allied kin.
•Steps to arranging marriage:
• 1. Consult members of Kanji’s lineage.
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