The Performance of Gender presents a vivid description of everyday life in order to explore the concept of performance for an anthropology of gender. A detailed and evocotive account of the lives of men and women in a South Indian fishing community reveals new ways of framing gender relations, the body and kinship. The ethnographic account is set within the context of social and cultural theory, notably the ideas of Judith Butler, Pierre Bourdieu and Michel Foucault. The study sheds new light on the ways in which gender is understood as both performative, that is enacted through everyday practices, and also substantial and embodied, that is marked out in the separate sexual fluids and procreative capacities of husbands and wives.
|Publication date:||1st January 2000|
|Publisher:||The Athlone Press an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Categories:||Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, Gender studies, gender groups, Rural communities,|
Cecilia Busby is Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths College.More About Cecilia Busby