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When Bodies Talk: Indulging Ethnography
Aarhus University, Denmark.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4493-7386
2018 (English)In: Sex: Ethnographic Encounters / [ed] Richard Joseph Martin; Dieter Haller, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018, p. 15-25Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Reflecting on my fieldwork experiences as an ethnographer interested in sexuality as a field of research, I argue that ethnographers are more trained to listen to and believe in the (written) word than to the bodily reality of being in the world. Drawing on fieldwork experiences in the setting of lesbian and gay coming out experiences in Bulgaria, encounters with the history of research on sexuality in Eastern Germany, and contemporary practices at sperm banks and sperm analysis labs in Denmark I show how the body and embodiment and the sense-making made possible through and by them are silenced as part of accepted ethnographic knowledge production. Indulging ethnography on the other hand as I suggest takes the corporeality of the field, the embodiment of fieldwork, its protagonists as well as the researcher seriously, by attending to bodies, lustful desires, and the meaning making they provide.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018. p. 15-25
Series
Encounters:Experience and Anthropological Knowledge, ISSN 1746-8175
Keywords [en]
body, embodiment, embodied fieldwork, ethnographic knowledge production, sexuality
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Gender Studies
Research subject
Ethnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-71933ISBN: 9781474294713 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-71933DiVA, id: diva2:1313248
Available from: 2019-05-02 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2019-07-03Bibliographically approved

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