briefly summarize one sex worker ’ W r i t i n g

briefly summarize one sex worker ’ W r i t i n g

1.

Answer one question from each reading. Be sure to indicate which question you are answering.

Robert Fernea, “The Anthropologist in the Field” (1997).

  • Fernea suggests that fieldwork is potentially very disturbing. Why is that? How do fieldworkers deal with this dimension of fieldwork?
  • How does Fernea describe his relations with his research subjects and informants? Do you see anything problematic in this relationship?
  • What does Fernea mean by “studying up”? Why do you think this is relatively rare in anthropology? Can you give an example on how you might “study up”?
  • Fernea briefly touches on the notion of power relations in the field. Briefly outline this argument. What does this suggest to you about potential problematic dimensions of anthropological fieldwork?
  • What is the most important lesson you learned about fieldwork and cultural anthropology from this article?

Claire E. Sterk, “Tricking and Tripping: Fieldwork on Prostitution in the Era of Aids.

  • How did Sterk go about initiating her fieldwork? How did she gradually begin to build trust with her research subjects?
  • Why do you think the women Sterk studied agreed to her research project?
  • Why is Sterk’s study valuable to upstanding, law-abiding citizens such as ourselves?
  • Identify and discuss one of the moral dilemmas Sterk faced in her fieldwork.
  • Briefly describe the men and women Sterk encountered in her study.
  • In what ways does Sterk demonstrate “reflexivity”?
  • What is the most important lesson you learned about fieldwork and cultural anthropology from this article?

2.

Answer one question from each reading. Be sure to indicate which question you are answering.

Lappé & Collins, ‘Why People Can’t Feed Themselves.

  • What, according to the authors, are the chief features of colonialism? Why did colonialism tend to lead to underdevelopment? (Example?)
  • What are “peasants”? How did peasants tend to fare under colonialism? Why do some countries prevent peasants from independently growing cash crops?
  • What kid of agriculture was practiced prior to colonization? After colonization?
  • How does Java represent a prime example of how a colonial government seizes land and then puts it into foreign hands? What did the production of the plantation mean regarding nourishment?
  • How did British Guiana cope with “the double blow of the emancipation of slaves and the crash in the world sugar market”?

Fuentes & Ehrenriech, “Women in the Global Factory”

  • What key insights does this reading provide into the impact of economic globalization on women?
  • Why have large corporations decided to engage in “offshore sourcing”?
  • What are “export processing zones”?
  • How do corporations and U.S> government official justify offshore sourcing with female labor?

Brennan, “Men’s Pleasure, Women’s Labor: Tourism for Sex”

  • How has globalization affected the economy in Sosúa, Dominican republic?
  • What are the strategies of women who participate in the sex trade and to what extent do they tend to realize their goals?
  • Briefly summarize one sex worker’s story. How does this story illustrate globalization?
  • Who, according to Brennan benefits from international tourism?

3.

First the following Question:

  • What stuck you the most in the Preface and Introduction to Roland’s Cuban Color in Tourism and La Lucha: An Ethnography of Racial Meanings. How do you find this significant?

Answer one of the following. Be sure to indicate which question you are answering.

  • Does Roland, an African American, experience “race” the same way in Cuba as she does in the U.S.? Explain your response.
  • How does tourism in post-Soviet Cuba illustrate the tensions and contradictions of capitalism and socialism in that country?
  • What did early twentieth-century anthropologist, Franz Boas, mean when has argued that “the meanings signified by skin color or ‘race’ are culturally constructed”? How does this play out in contemporary Cuba?
  • How does Roland define “globalization” and how does her approach compare to that in this modules presentations?
  • What, does Roland mean by “nationalism”? How is Cuban nationalist ideology playing out in the era of globalization?

Write three docs separately.