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Feminist Research in Theory and Practice

ISBN-10: 0335200281

ISBN-13: 9780335200283

Edition: 2003

Authors: Gayle Letherby

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"an extremely welcome addition to the field of feminist research." British Journal of Educational Studies This is a clear and accessible exploration of feminist method, methodology and epistemology. After situating herself and her work, Gayle Letherby charts the debates concerned with the epistemological, political and practical issues involved in doing feminist research, and places the debates within a wider consideration of the status of knowledge. The main focus of the book is then the particular and practical issues for feminist researchers. It examines how the process of research affects the results of that research and explores the relation between politics and practice in terms of research and knowledge production. Throughout the book there is a practical emphasis on specific examples of feminist research in action and, as well as summarizing current theoretical debates, Gayle Letherby adds to them. Feminist Research in Theory and Practice is designed and written as a textbook for students (at advanced undergraduate and postgraduate level) but will be a valuable resource for any researcher or individual interested in women's studies, feminism and in researching in the social sciences.
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Book details

List price: $49.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 2/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Initial thoughts
Definitions and meanings
Feminism and feminist research
Methods, methodology and epistemology
The self and other in feminist research
Issues of 'I' and other
The 'self' as researcher
Myself and feminist research
Introducing myself
Developing academic interests
This book
Relationship to past work
Outline of the book
Notes
Suggested further reading
Educating Rita revisited: knowledge and language in the 'male' academy
Introduction
The things men know?
The construction of woman as 'other'
Tensions between authorized and experiential knowledge
Further tales of exclusion
Language and male authority
Man-made language?
It's only words
Storming the doors of academia
End points
Note
Suggested further reading
United we stand? The feminist reconstruction of knowledge
Introduction
Stand by your woman
Feminist empiricism
Feminist standpoint epistemology
I am what I am, or am I?
The importance of 'difference'
Postmodernism or poststucturalism?
Finding a position
Focusing on the material
The value of difference
Feminist standpoints or feminist epistemologies?
End points
Notes
Suggested further reading
Doing it for ourselves: feminist research as theory in action
Introduction
A critique of malestream theory
The quest for 'science'
Generating theory from research
Feminist critiques and alternatives
The problem of objectivity and bias
A feminized approach
'Defining' feminist research
Bringing women in?
Reflexivity and representation
End points
Suggested further reading
Quoting and counting: the qualitative/quantitative divide
Introduction
A short history of the interview
'Tools' of research
Developing a participatory model
The qualitative/quantitative debate in feminism
Establishing the parameters of the debate
Methods and critiques
The 'gendered paradigm' divide
Research-specific methods
Doing feminist research
Talking, talking, talking
Writing, reading and looking
Counting and ordering
Looking and living
Triangulation and innovation
End points
Suggested further reading
Whose life is it anyway? Issues of power, empowerment, ethics and responsibility
Introduction
Getting started
Project parameters and research populations
Access
Study group formation
Feminist research in action
Beginnings
Identity, impression management and emotion work
Power, empowerment and 'emancipatory' research
Leavings and endings
Leaving the field
Analysing the data
End points
Note
Suggested further reading
Texts of many lives: the implications for feminist research
Introduction
Roles and relationships
Expert or kindred spirit?
Friends and family
'Counselling' and research
Just good friends?
Friendly strangers
Further personal reflections
Us and them
Knotty entanglements
Speaking for 'others'
Feminists and non-feminists
Men
Researchers' identities
Auto/biography in research
Motivations and coming out
Auto/biography in research and research writing
End points
Suggested further reading
Close encounters: presentations and audiences
Introduction
Presenting our work
Spreading the word
Publish or perish
Academic gatekeeping
Feminism in fashion!
Responses and receptions
Academic and other audiences
Read all about it: feminism in the media
End points
Suggested further reading
Reflections
References
Index