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Embodied Researchers: Gendered Bodies, Research Activity, and Pregnancy in the Field

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 April 2009

Candice D. Ortbals
Affiliation:
Pepperdine University
Meg E. Rincker
Affiliation:
Purdue University Calumet

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Kathleen B. Jones, in her now famous essay about women-friendly polities, explains that that citizenship must be redefined to include a body that does not “easily fit military-corporate uniforms” (1990, 794). Jones calls theorists to recognize women's “embodied lives,” and in doing so, considers how “women's bodies are problematic” and “sex/gendered identity affects … life” (786). We argue here that recognizing women's embodied lives is similarly important to a discussion of gender and fieldwork. As researchers in the field, we have been defined by our social position as women, thus putting us at distinct disadvantages and advantages (Sundberg 2003).

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