Like father, like son: negotiation of masculinity in the ethnographic context in Hong Kong
2015 (English)In: Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, ISSN 0966-369X, E-ISSN 1360-0524, Vol. 22, no 7, 937-953 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Feminist geographers have indicated that ethnographic research is an inter-subjective process constructed in relation to the intersection between the gender and other social dimensions of both the researcher and the informants relevant to the field. In particular, the matching and adaptation of masculinities in the research context is a complex methodological issue that receives relatively little attention. Using my fieldwork experience, this article builds on the contribution of feminist geographers to discuss how my masculine self-presentation was negotiated with the research topic, the caring masculinity endorsed among my middle-aged male informants, the sociocultural milieu and my positionalities and bodily representations in producing collaborative ethnographic data. My young age and doctoral student status, combined with my soft and meek' self-presentation, produced wen masculinity within the Chinese cultural context, which facilitated the paradoxical reception of me as both a son and a consultant in the men's groups. This masculine embodiment not only facilitated our rapport but also signified my cultural competence to participate in decision-making and activist activities in the discussion groups, which brought me to some unexpected research lands. The effect of my masculine embodiment on the ethnographic research process indicates that fieldwork is not only situated in a place but is also itself a space constructed through cultural understanding of social interactions and embodied gender representations.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2015. Vol. 22, no 7, 937-953 p.
ethnography, fathers, fieldwork, masculinities, positionality, subjectivity, etnografia, padres, trabajo campo, masculinidades, posicionalidad, subjetividad
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-106762DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2014.917280ISI: 000357314100003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-106762DiVA: diva2:846228