Rebecca Hanson is Assistant Professor in the Center of Latin American Studies and the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the University of Florida. Patricia Richards is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of Georgia. She is the author of Pobladoras, Indigenas, and the State: Conflicts over Women's Rights in Chile and Race and the Chilean Miracle: Neoliberalism, Democracy, and Indigenous Rights.
Harassed should be required reading for any class on ethnography or in-depth interviewing, for any researcher conducting ethnography or interviews, and for any faculty member who is advising students conducting such work. Armed with this book, researchers will not only be better able to protect themselves but they will also gain a model for how to learn and teach from their own embodied experiences in the field. * Gender & Society * When my friends and I faced gendered issues during fieldwork, we viewed it as an anomalous problem to manage as best we could. Hanson and Richards move beyond individual-level suggestions on how to handle risks; they challenge academic assumptions about the very nature of ethnography. Their vision of an embodied ethnography should inform ongoing conversations about how we produce knowledge as well as how to appropriately train and support our students and colleagues. * Social Forces * One of this book's major contributions is to lay bare the gendered character of ethnography as practical endeavor and intellectual pursuit. Interview extracts vividly convey how prevailing conventions create pernicious traps and impossible binds for female researchers, for whom the very act of entering a field site alone and unknown frequently contravenes prescribed norms of feminine conduct and so renders them vulnerable to overtures and advances. . . . While positioned as a challenge to institutional silence, Harassed could instead be seen as throwing down the gauntlet, providing a comprehensive appraisal of the problem and setting out clear-headed proposals for change. * Times Higher Education * Harassed is an important, insightful text that should become a staple for research methods classes in anthropology, sociology, and women's and gender studies. . . . This is a must-read for anyone conducting or supervising ethnographic research. . . . Highly recommended. * CHOICE *