Well well well….here we are back where we started. In Ireland we have some difficulties with the interwebs. Mainly this has to do with the fact that in Ireland we have hills, valleys, nooks and crannies–all of which negatively impact on the interwebs. Mine just disappeared one day. I have found that I now need a huge satellite dish the size of a Volkswagen Bug in order to have any internet at all.
I finished Sid Mintz since last we interacted in a blog sort of way. It is such an important book written by someone impassioned by the subjects of inequality, trade, the subaltern, and the aspirations of the underclass. A true gem. I am glad I took the time to read it again, even though it did seem to take me years to finish due to losing it, being distracted by all things shiney, and having no internet to report back on.
Now that I am back online (and rather rusty in my blogging) I have decided to move on from my Marxist mates with whom I have enjoyed such a gripping journey and move on to some classic Feminist fare: Woman, Culture and Society. I read it (like all these influential books) many many years ago while a graduate student. I have come back to it and other feminist anthropological tomes many times since. Feminist anthropology—and feminist anthropologists like Michaela diLeonardo, Rosemary Joyce, Sylvia Foreman, and countless others—helped guide me through the many challenges of my early career. To this day I am comforted when I pass by my shelves and see the volumes of work written by scholars committed to women and women’s worlds.