Based on long-term ethnographic research, the book chapters explore the intersection of 'gender' and 'modernity' as they are mediated in the lives and subjectivities of diverse individuals and groups. How are the messages of modernity/tradition gendered? How are the material practices and cultural meanings of modernity shaped by local ideas of gender and 'progress'? Together these chapters demonstrate that the ideas of progress, rationality, order, and development encompassed by 'modernity' are profoundly gendered, whether conveyed by mass media images of consumption, agendas of nation-building, or legal discourse. Furthermore, the mutual inflections of gender and modernity are at once pervasively 'global,' occurring in different locales and ways; and deeply 'local,' shaping and shaped by the structures and experiences of culture, class, ethnicity, and nation.
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Author Biography - Dorothy L. Hodgson
DOROTHY L. HODGSON teaches anthropology at Rutgers University, where she is an active member of the Center for African Studies and Women's Studies Program. She is the author of 'Once Intrepid Warriors': Gender, Ethnicity and the Cultural Politics of Maasai Development, editor of Rethinking Pastoralism in Africa: Gender, Culture and the Myth of the Patriarchal Pastoralist, and co-editor of 'Wicked' Women and the Reconfiguration of Gender in Africa. Her articles have appeared in Identities, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Ethnology, Journal of African History, Canadian Journal of African Studies and Nomadic Peoples. She is currently completing a book that examines female experiences and expressions of spirituality and power in the context of Catholic evangelization efforts.