Feminist studies and the traditional way of baking tortillas in Guerrero

We use to think in the methodological interruptions as those external factors to the researcher that irrupt an ethnographic moment, a decision making, or an archival research, but there are also some that we ourselves materialized. What happens when we decided to study a place where we already have a preexisting role and are familiarized with our informants? After five years doing community work with nahua and ├▒oo savii woman (indigenous women from two different ethnic groups) from Guerrero, building firewood cooking stoves with an organization I work with, I decided to carry out a research project to understand the entangled relationships between firewood, cooking practices and the identities of women in that region. Thus, the history and experience with women, materialized in my body, fulfilled a double function that, on the one hand, helped me to quickly create spaces of intervention and trust, but, on the other hand, it also interrupted the interaction, conditioning it, in some way. I had to learn to play with my interruption, move to places that I have not been explored, in which my research would also move.


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