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At Home and in the FieldEthnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands$
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Suzanne S. Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Carlo Pigliasco, and Forrest Wade Young

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847593

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.001.0001

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Manning Up

Manning Up

On Being a Chamorro Researcher with a Home Court (Dis)Advantage on Guam

(p.118) Manning Up
At Home and in the Field

James Perez Viernes

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines indigenous Chamorro masculinity and U.S. colonialism. At the same time it reflects on experiences of doing research in one's home community as both an “insider” and an “outsider.” At first believing that he will have insider “home court” advantage with regard to willing collaborators for his research, the author soon finds many unforeseen complications that stall the research and emphasize the consequences of the obligations he has neglected in playing the insider role in his home community. The interactions shared with participants confined to the context of “research” had created an uncomfortable environment in which many of them feared that the author's advanced, formal education created a situation that put them at risk of “looking stupid.”

Keywords:   indigenous Chamorro, U.S. colonialism, Guam, Chamorro masculinity, male sexual prowess, home community

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