Gendered Lives: Spinning Personal Narratives - A Book Chapter Research and Writing Proposal

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2006

Project Description/Abstract

I seek summer course release time to pursue the last phase of research for my ethnography of rural Jamaica. This involves collecting six personal narratives/life histories, in Jamaican patois, from residents of the town of Frankfield and writing chapter three, “Gendered Lives: Spinning Personal Narratives.” The chapter is integral to the theoretical objectives of the ethnography: to offer analytical descriptions of the Jamaican gender system and to examine how a case study of one community is situated within broader national narratives of gender. Open-ended interviews will explore how community members interpret and experience cultural themes of sexual partnership; definitions of masculinity and femininity; and the sexual division of labor. Drawing from subjects’ responses, the chapter will explore how individual lives both reflect and diverge from wider gender patterns. Funding will permit travel to Jamaica for research in collaboration with a Jamaican graduate student and writing, during the months of July and August.

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