Re: Women and fieldwork

Anne M. Jensen (ajensen@BRYNMAWR.EDU)
Wed, 6 Sep 1995 11:01:02 -0400

Dorothy Humpf inquired:

>I appreciated the content and spirit of your post, but am curious
>about this sentence. Could you provide examples of these,
>especially the latter?

A classic case is Hart and Pilling's work on the Tiwi, versus Jane
Goodale's work with the same group. Looking at the exact same people and
interactions, Hart and Pilling came away with an explanation that focused
on senior men acquiring wives, and exchanging daughters (even prospective
ones!) to do so. Goodale, on the other hand, saw the situation in terms of
senior women acquiring sturdy young sons-in-law to hunt for them, and also
getting husbands for their daughters.


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