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Annick Prieur’s Mema’s House an ethnography of contemporary Mexico City first, aside from my book, this is only full-scale ethnography we’re reading; it’s an example of the kind of study that is behind many of the articles we’re reading so it’s worth talking a bit about what it is that anthropologists do — research methodologies what is the sense that you get from Prieur? participant-observation — not quantitative studies, but qualitative sense of how people think about what they do “thick description” (from Clifford Geertz) = observations plus multiple meanings held by those observed plus meanings discerned by the anthropologist within theoretical and comparative context — doing a cultural “reading” of multiple meanings, where those meanings come from, and what implications they have for behavior. any impact on research the fact that Prieur is a woman? in Mexico City, what is sexual identity based on? what sexuality-based identities are meaningful? active/passive position + gender performativity, the projection of gendered codes how does this case complicate American notion of “sexual identity”? “preferring men” has different meaning, different implications for identity appearance gender system Prieur addresses the common question: What causes homosexuality ? Q: what do you make of this question itself? useful? what does it assume?
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