Introduction: Politics and Gender in Modern Societies
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Introduction: Politics and Gender in Modern Societies

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For the past twenty years the work of Michelle Z. Rosaldo has had a profound impact on feminism and anthropology, both among scholars who knew and worked closely with Rosaldo, and continued her research agenda after her death in 1981, and those, like the editors of this volume, who never knew Rosaldo but who find her work provocative and, in our own cases, were led to graduate work in feminist theory and anthropology in part because of her interventions. For both of the editors reading Rosaldo's lead essay in Woman, Culture and Society (Rosaldo and Lamphere 1974) was a defining moment in our antlu-opological educations and in our development as persons; it led us to rethink our position as gendered (male) subjects, to bring feminist analysis "home" to our everyday lives, and, ultimately, to become graduate students at Stanford University, where we studied with some of Rosaldo's colleagues and coauthors.

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