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Newton, Esther

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By: Ellen Lewin | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2020 | Length: 5 | DOI: |
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Esther Newton (b. 1940) is an American anthropologist who pioneered the study of gay and lesbian life in the United States and is considered the founding mother of queer anthropology. While she did not explicitly address research methods as such in her work, both her ethnographic research and reflexive writings make major contributions to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) studies and to qualitative research more broadly construed. In particular, her incorporation of personal reflexivity into all aspects of her work stands as an important marker in the development of both LGBTQ studies and the cultural anthropology of the United States. This entry first provides a biographical sketch of the life and academic career of Newton. It then explores the impact of her two ...

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