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By Ellen Koskoff

One of the pioneers of gender experiences in track, Ellen Koskoff edited the foundational textual content Women and song in go Cultural Perspective, and her profession developed in tandem with the emergence and improvement of the field.
during this highbrow memoir, Koskoff describes her trip during the maze of social heritage and scholarship regarding her paintings interpreting the intersection of tune and gender. Koskoff collects new, revised, and hard-to-find released fabric from mid-1970s via 2010 to track the evolution of ethnomusicological pondering ladies, gender, and tune, providing a viewpoint of ways questions emerged and altered in these years, in addition to Koskoff's reassessment of the early years and improvement of the sector. Her objective: a private map of the various paths to figuring out she took over the a long time, and the way every one encouraged, knowledgeable, and clarified her scholarship. for instance, Koskoff exhibits how a choice for face-to-face interactions with residing humans served her top in her learn, and the way her now-classic paintings inside of Brooklyn's Hasidic neighborhood infected her feminist awareness whereas prime her into ethnomusicological studies.
An unusual merging of retrospective and rumination, A Feminist Ethnomusicology: Writings on song and Gender offers a witty and disarmingly frank journey throughout the formative a long time of the sphere and may be of curiosity to ethnomusicologists, anthropologists, students of the heritage and improvement of feminist proposal, and people engaged in fieldwork.
incorporates a foreword via Suzanne Cusick framing Koskoff's occupation and an in depth bibliography supplied via the author.

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And the third developed within the growing African American and other feminist communities of color, focusing on intersections between race and gender. Thus, in the 1980s, certain issues dealing with identity politics and difference began to emerge. These would lead, in the late 1980s and beyond, to feminism’s third wave. The Sameness-Difference Debate The sameness-difference debate initially focused on the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, but quickly grew to address basic underlying philosophical issues.

What theoretical approaches were best suited to address sameness and difference? 10 The Anthropology of Power Another area of inquiry, the anthropology of power, also began to take on new life and became especially important for me at this time. Of long-standing interest to anthropology, discussions of power had begun to diverge in the late 1970s and ’80s from a primarily (monolithic and hierarchic) Marxist model, branching out to address inequalities embedded within race and gender, as well as class constructs (Leacock 1981).

The post–World War II period of economic growth (ca. 1945–60), along with powerful cultural myths of stability and domesticity, created a cozy picture of a contented white American middle class and a largely patriarchal prosperity. But many were dissatisfied. Both men and women, encased in the tightly fitting prescribed roles—breadwinner/homemaker—were finding it increasingly difficult to live under such constraints. Alcoholism, drug use, and suicide, especially among white suburban middle-class women, rose substantially as efforts to revive old prewar patriarchal values increased in their intensity.

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