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Ortner, Sherry B. 1941-

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Works: 86 works in 289 publications in 5 languages and 7,092 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Documentary films  Folklore  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Publishing director, Scenarist
Classifications: GN479.65,
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Publications by Sherry B Ortner
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Sexual meanings, the cultural construction of gender and sexuality by Sherry B Ortner( Book )
46 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,171 libraries worldwide
This 1996 collection of essays deals with the ways in which sex and gender are socially organized and conceptually construed in various cultures. Its scope is not limited to a series of cross-cultural issues of sex roles and sexual status but rather encompasses a wide range of sex-related practices and beliefs. Ceremonial virginity in Polynesian ritual androgynism in New Guinea, the valorization of young African bachelors, and fantasies of male self-sufficiency in South American myth are among the subjects discussed. Taken in their totality, these essays demonstrate that cultural notions sexuality and gender are seldom straightforward extrapolations of biological facts but are the outcome of social and cultural processes. The book is not only a compendium of symbolic approaches to gender but is also an important statement of the theoretical directions in anthropological research in this field
Life and death on Mt. Everest : Sherpas and Himalayan mountaineering by Sherry B Ortner( Book )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 804 libraries worldwide
"Presents a compelling account of the evolving relationship between the mountaineers and the Sherpas, a relationship of mutual dependence and cultural conflict played out in an environment of mortal risk". -- Jacket
Making gender : the politics and erotics of culture by Sherry B Ortner( Book )
20 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 720 libraries worldwide
Making Gender both critiques and builds upon recent anthropological theory. Scholars such as Pierre Bourdieu, Anthony Giddens, and Marshall Sahlins have explored the dialectic between how we shape culture and how culture shapes us in a framework known as "practice theory." Ortner argues that these scholars omit crucial questions raised elsewhere, in the area of feminist theory - questions about the multiple forms of power and resistance; the forms and degrees of "agency"; the relationship of the private and intimate to large-scale structural change; and the nature of identity in a world carved up by race, ethnicity, class, and gender. Together - these essays present a new model of cultural practice that posits "embedded agency"--The ways people act within cultural contexts to change those very contexts. Rich in theoretical insights and ethnographic examples, Making Gender is a stimulating synthesis of feminist anthropology by one of its founders and foremost theorists
Culture/power/history : a reader in contemporary social theory ( Book )
14 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in English and held by 664 libraries worldwide
The intellectual radicalism of the 1960s spawned a new set of questions about the role and nature of "the political" in social life, questions that have since revolutionized nearly every field of thought, from literary criticism through anthropology to the philosophy of science. Michel Foucault in particular made us aware that whatever our functionally defined "roles" in society, we are constantly negotiating questions of authority and the control of the definitions of reality. Such insights have led theorists to challenge concepts that have long formed the very underpinnings of their disciplines. By exploring some of the most debated of these concepts--"culture," "power," and "history"--this reader offers an enriching perspective on social theory in the contemporary moment. Organized around these three concepts, Culture/ Power/History brings together both classic and new essays that address Foucault's "new economy of power relations" in a number of different, contestatory directions. Representing innovative work from various disciplines and sites of study, from taxidermy to Madonna, the book seeks to affirm the creative possibilities available in a time marked by growing uncertainty about established disciplinary forms of knowledge and by the increasing fluidity of the boundaries between them. The book is introduced by a major synthetic essay by the editors, which calls attention to the most significant issues enlivening theoretical discourse today. The editors seek not only to encourage scholars to reflect anew on the course of social theory, but also to orient newcomers to this area of inquiry. The essays are contributed by Linda Alcoff ("Cultural Feminism versus Post-Structuralism"), Sally Alexander ("Women, Class, and Sexual Differences in the 1830s and 1840s"), Tony Bennett ("The Exhibitionary Complex"), Pierre Bourdieu ("Structures, Habitus, Power"), Nicholas B. Dirks ("Ritual and Resistance"), Geoff Eley ("Nations, Publics, and Political Cultures"), Michel Foucault (Two Lectures), Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ("Authority, [White] Power and the [Black] Critic"), Stephen Greenblatt ("The Circulation of Social Energy"), Ranajit Guha ("The Prose of Counter-Insurgency"), Stuart Hall ("Cultural Studies: Two Paradigms"), Susan Harding ("The Born-Again Telescandals"), Donna Haraway ("Teddy Bear Patriarchy"), Dick Hebdige ("After the Masses"), Susan McClary ("Living to Tell: Madonna's Resurrection of the Fleshly"), Sherry B. Ortner ("Theory in Anthropology since the Sixties"), Marshall Sahlins ("Cosmologies of Capitalism"), Elizabeth G. Traube ("Secrets of Success in Postmodern Society"), Raymond Williams (selections from Marxism and Literature), and Judith Williamson ("Family, Education, Photography")
Sherpas through their rituals by Sherry B Ortner( Book )
23 editions published between 1978 and 2001 in English and held by 655 libraries worldwide
High religion : a cultural and political history of Sherpa Buddhism by Sherry B Ortner( Book )
11 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in English and held by 553 libraries worldwide
Anthropology and social theory : culture, power, and the acting subject by Sherry B Ortner( Book )
11 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 467 libraries worldwide
In Anthropology and Social Theory the award-winning anthropologist Sherry B. Ortner draws on her longstanding interest in theories of cultural practice to rethink key concepts of culture, agency, and subjectivity for the social sciences of the twenty-first century. The seven theoretical and interpretive essays in this volume each advocate reconfiguring, rather than abandoning, the concept of culture. Similarly, they all suggest that a theory which depends on the interested action of social beings - specifically practice theory, associated especially with the work of Pierre Bourdieu - requires a more developed notion of human agency and a richer conception of human subjectivity. Ortner shows how social theory must both build upon and move beyond classic practice theory in order to understand the contemporary world. Some of the essays reflect explicitly on theoretical concerns: the relationship between agency and power, the problematic quality of ethnographic studies of resistance, and the possibility of producing an anthropology of subjectivity. Others are ethnographic studies that apply Ortner's theoretical framework. In these, she investigates aspects of social class, looking at the relationship between race and middle-class identity in the United States, the often invisible nature of class as a cultural identity and as an analytical category in social inquiry, and the role that public culture and media play in the creation of the class anxieties of Generation X. Written with Ortner's characteristic lucidity, these essays constitute a major statement about the future of social theory from one of the leading anthropologists of our time
New Jersey dreaming : capital, culture, and the class of '58 by Sherry B Ortner( Book )
11 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 448 libraries worldwide
"Pioneering anthropologist Sherry B. Ortner is renowned for her work on the Sherpas of Nepal. Now she turns her attention home-ward to examine how social class is lived in the United States and, specifically, within her own peer group. In New Jersey Dreaming, Ortner returns to her Newark roots to present an in-depth look at Weequahic High School's Class of 1958, of which she was a member. She explores her classmates' recollected experiences of the neighborhood and the high school, also written about in the novels of Philip Roth, Weequahic High School's most famous alum. Ortner provides a chronicle of the journey of her classmates from the 1950s into the 1990s, following the movement of a striking number of them from modest working- and middle-class backgrounds into the wealthy upper-middle or professional/managerial class."--Jacket
The fate of "culture" : Geertz and beyond ( Book )
18 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 439 libraries worldwide
"The essays in this book were originally published as a special issue of Representations (summer 1997, No. 59)"
Not Hollywood : independent film at the twilight of the American dream by Sherry B Ortner( Book )
13 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 365 libraries worldwide
The pioneering anthropologist Sherry B. Ortner combines her trademark ethnographic expertise with critical film interpretation to explore the independent film scene in New York and Los Angeles since the late 1980s. Not Hollywood is both a study of the lived experience of that scene and a critical examination of America as seen through the lenses of independent filmmakers. Based on interviews with scores of directors and producers, Ortner reveals the culture and practices of indie filmmaking, including the conviction of those involved that their films, unlike Hollywood movies, are "telling the truth" about American life. These films often illuminate the dark side of American society through narratives about the family, the economy, and politics in today's neoliberal era. Offering insightful interpretations of many of these films, Ortner argues that during the past three decades independent American cinema has functioned as a vital form of cultural critique
Sherpas of Nepal ( visu )
6 editions published between 1977 and 2013 in Multiple languages and English and held by 37 libraries worldwide
Thami is a village 12,000 feet up in the Himalayas in the Kingdom of Nepal. As the film's opening shots illustrate, in a type of filmic short-hand, Thami is composed of a patchwork of individual farms - indicative of the Sherpa emphasis on independence and family self-sufficiency. The main concern of the film is to examine what it means to be Sherpa today in both cultural and economic terms. To this end the film concentrates on the varied career choices of three brothers from Thami - peasant farmer, Buddhist monk and head guide. Interviews with the brothers, enabling them to express their own attitudes and expectations, deepen the analysis. The second half of the film deals with the preparations for the festivities of a Sherpa wedding, emphasising that negotiations about bridewealth are lengthy - often taking years - since marriage is viewed primarily as an economic transaction. Sequences showing peasant farming activities, in combination with scenes of Sherpa life in Katmandu, contrast the old way of life with the new and illustrate the changing socio-economic conditions encountered by Sherpas today
La teoría antropológica desde los años sesenta by Sherry B Ortner( Book )
6 editions published between 1984 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 22 libraries worldwide
Sherpa AK06 ( file )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
The Sherpa are a Tibetan-speaking people who moved into the valleys of eastern Nepal in the middle of the sixteenth century. They survived as traders transporting goods by Yak across the Himalayas, linking the markets of China to Nepal and India. This collection of 19 documents about the Sherpa covers a period from the 1950s to 1990s. The Sherpa environment, religion, and social change have received the most attention by these authors
Making gender : the politics and erotics of gender by Sherry B Ortner( Book )
2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 17 libraries worldwide
Making Gender both critiques and builds upon recent anthropological theory. Scholars such as Pierre Bourdieu, Anthony Giddens, and Marshall Sahlins have explored the dialectic between how we shape culture and how culture shapes us in a framework known as "practice theory." Ortner argues that these scholars omit crucial questions raised elsewhere, in the area of feminist theory - questions about the multiple forms of power and resistance; the forms and degrees of "agency"; the relationship of the private and intimate to large-scale structural change; and the nature of identity in a world carved up by race, ethnicity, class, and gender. Together - these essays present a new model of cultural practice that posits "embedded agency"--The ways people act within cultural contexts to change those very contexts. Rich in theoretical insights and ethnographic examples, Making Gender is a stimulating synthesis of feminist anthropology by one of its founders and foremost theorists
Sesso e genere : l'identità maschile e femminile by Sherry B Ortner( Book )
4 editions published in 2000 in Italian and held by 16 libraries worldwide
Die Welt der Sherpas : Leben und Sterben am Mount Everest by Sherry B Ortner( Book )
2 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in German and held by 12 libraries worldwide
Princeton studies in culture, power, history ( serial )
in English and held by 12 libraries worldwide
Food for thought a key symbol in Sherpa culture by Sherry B Ortner( Archival Material )
3 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 11 libraries worldwide
The scope of anthropology by Claude Lévi-Strauss( Book )
2 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 10 libraries worldwide
Author meets critics : reactions to "Theory in anthropology since the sixties" ( Book )
2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
 
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Ortner Paul, Sherry 1941-
Ortner, Sherry Beth
Paul, Sherry Ortner 1941-
Sherry B. Ortner US-amerikanische feministische Anthropologin und Hochschullehrerin
Sherry Ortner Amerikaans antropologe
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