Sex Roles and Anthropological Research in Rural Andalusia
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Does a fieldworker’s gender automatically confer advantages or limitations in data collection? Do women anthropologists have access to a wider range of information than men, or can men, normally endowed with greater power and prestige, expect to entertain the broader, more willing informant pool? In this chapter, I wish to explore these questions with specific reference to my own fieldwork in southern Spain. No single anthropologist’s experience can provide the definitive answers. Nonetheless, if we examine individual experiences in a systematic fashion, we can hope at the very least to prepare novice fieldworkers to anticipate certain triumphs or disappointments. We can teach students to recognise that there is a great deal to be learned even from unresponsive informants or from situations that are defined as off-limits simply by virtue of the researcher’s sexual identity.
KeywordsUnmarried Woman Sexual Segregation Male Friend Informant Pool Europe Observe
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