Katherine P. Ewing
  • Katherine P. Ewing

  • Professor Emerita
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Friedl Building 212, Cultual Anthropology Dept, Durham, NC 27708
  • Campus Box 90091
  • Phone: (919) 684-5170
  • Selected Publications

      • KP Ewing.
      • (May, 2008).
      • Stolen Honor: Stigmatizing Muslim Men in Berlin.
      • Stanford University Press.
      • KP Ewing.
      • (May, 2006).
      • Between cinema and social work: Diasporic Turkish women and the (Dis)pleasures of hybridity.
      • CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
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      Publication Description

      Against a backdrop of increasingly vocal assertions that Germany’s growing Muslim immigrant population is resisting integration through the development of a “parallel society,” this article demonstrates how German social policy literature, the news media, and cinema converge to naturalize assumptions of cultural difference through a mythological process that generates polarized stereotypes of the cultural practices of Turks in Germany. This discourse freezes the Muslim woman as an oppressed other to the liberated Western woman and generates scripts for the liberation of Turkish women that limit their options by posing multiculturalism, hybridity, or humanistic individualism as the only models for integration. This discourse reinforces the misrecognition of practicing Muslims who are involved in Islamic groups or wear headscarves. I propose an alternative approach that focuses on the practical effects of competing discourses by tracing out ethnographically the micropolitics of everyday life to foreground the multiple positionings and identities that immigrants and their families occupy and to identify how they negotiate the contradictions and inconsistencies they experience. [hybridity, gender, micropolitics, Islam, Europe]

      • KP Ewing.
      • (February, 2006).
      • Revealing and Concealing: Interpersonal Dynamics and the Negotiation of Identity, with comments by Dorinne Kondo and Sidney Mintz, and author response..
      • Ethos
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      Publication Description

      With questions of identity negotiation and power now central in anthropology, anthropologists must become more attentive to negotiations in the interview process itself. This article draws together insights from sociolinguistics, psychoanalysis, and literary criticism to identify procedures for recognizing multiple layers of significance in interview responses. Passages from two well-known ethnographies, Dorinne Kondo’s Crafting Selves (1990) and Sidney Mintz’s Worker in the Cane (1974), are reinterpreted to demonstrate how attending to transference and countertransference, allusion and intertextuality, and linguistic phenomena such as ambiguity and pronominal shifts can enhance the anthropologist’s awareness of the process of identity negotiation in the field and yield richer ethnographic writing that goes beyond the use of abstracted cultural patterns as an explanatory device to a demonstration of how cultural practices are enacted with and through the ethnographer. [interviewing, ethnography, identity, transference, sociolinguistics, intertextuality]

      • KP Ewing.
      • (1997).
      • Arguing Sainthood: Islam, Modernity and Psychoanalysis.
      • Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press.
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  • Specialties

    • Religious Movements
    • Identity
    • Migration
    • Psychological Anthropology
    • Europe
    • Middle East
    • South Asia
    • Nationalism
    • Gender
    • Methods
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • Anthropology,
      • University of Chicago,
      • 1980
      • M.A.,
      • Anthropology,
      • Boston University,
      • 1973
      • B.A.,
      • Philosophy,
      • Tufts University,
      • 1971
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Visiting Scholar,
      • Russell Sage Foundation,
      • 2006-2007
      • DAAD Fellowship for Intensive Study of German Language,
      • Goethe Institute in Germany,
      • 2003
      • Fulbright Faculty Seminar: Immigration in Europe,
      • Fulbright, U.S. State Department,
      • Summer 2002
      • Faculty Fellow,
      • John Hope Franklin Seminar, Duke University,
      • 2000-2001
      • Berlin Prize Fellowship,
      • American Academy in Berlin,
      • 1999
      • Summer Stipend: "Adopting Islamic Dress: Conversion and the Process of Identity Formation in Modern Turkey",
      • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH),
      • 1995
      • Lilly Teaching Fellowship,
      • Duke University,
      • 1992-1993
      • Recipient of L. Bryce Boyer Prize,
      • Society for Psychological Anthropology,
      • 1990
      • Postdoctoral Fellowship,
      • Social Science Research Council,
      • 1981-1982
      • Harper Teaching Fellow,
      • University of Chicago,
      • 1979-1981
      • Committee on Southern Asian Studies,
      • University of Chicago,
      • 1977-1978
      • Berkeley Urdu Language Program,
      • 1974
      • NDEA Title VI Foreign Language Fellowship in Urdu,
      • University of Chicago,
      • 1974-1975
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