Sex and the Ethnographic I in Reflexive Relationships: A Question of Ethics and Desire in Laurie Charles' Intimate Colonialism

13 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2008

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Michael Hemmingson

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

Intimate Colonialism is an autoethnographic account of peace Corp work, Western feminist ideology, and sexual relationships in the field. In this review-essay, the ethics of reflexive relationships and human sexuality are discussed. Lately, ethnographers have been admitting to sexual experiences in the field with their informants and it has become acceptable for anthropologists and sociologists to admit to these interactions; the argument is that the sexual liaisons bring to light new data that would otherwise not be attainable. This review essay also discusses the genre differences between the standard memoir and the autoethnography.

Keywords: Autoethnography, emotions, Peace Corps, postcolonialism, reflexive relationships, sex

JEL Classification: D71, D74, D84, F33, F36, I21, L14 L31, L42, N17, N37, P31, P32

Suggested Citation

Hemmingson, Michael, Sex and the Ethnographic I in Reflexive Relationships: A Question of Ethics and Desire in Laurie Charles' Intimate Colonialism (2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1154316 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1154316

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