Feminist Perspectives on Social Research

Feminist Perspectives on Social Research

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As feminist scholarship has developed, it has become increasingly evident that the practice of feminist research is interdisciplinary. Yet there are very few books that address the methodological and theoretical issues raised in doing feminist research from an interdisciplinary standpoint. "Feminist Perspectives on Social Research addresses" this need by focusing on the theory and research methods that feminist scholars use to study women and gender from the humanities and social and behavioural science perspectives. Paying attention to the important link between epistemology, methodology, and methods, the editors have chosen readings from a range of fields - including history, sociology, literature, and philosophy - that have proven to be most useful and accessible to their students. The book is divided into three sections. Each section begins with an original chapter, written by the editors, that discusses the overall theme and integrates the range of articles presented.
In Part One: Method, Methodology, Epistemology presents the theoretical ideas and arguments surrounding feminist research; it covers the contributions made by feminist research, the debates surrounding objectivity and positivism, and the question of whether or not there is 'a' feminist method. Part Two: Issues of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality explains why researchers must pay attention to the variety and plurality of women and women's experiences, both theoretically and practically. Part Three: Applications and Methods outlines a practical approach to feminist research. Each theoretical reading about a particular method (interviewing, focus groups, survey research, experimental research, field research, and oral history) is paired with research examples using that method. "Feminist Perspectives on Social Research" is ideal for courses in research methods, feminist methods, qualitative research methods, feminist theory, and women's studies. It is also an excellent companion volume to Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber and Patricia Leavy's "Approaches to Qualitative Research" (OUP, 2004).
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  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 158.75 x 230 x 31.75mm | 763g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195171748
  • 9780195171747

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PART I. METHODS, METHODOLOGY, EPISTEMOLOGY; Feminist Approaches to Research as a Process: Reconceptualizing Epistemology, Methodology and Method; Women's Perspectives as Radical Critique of Sociology; Rethinking Standpoint Epistemology: What Is Strong Objectivity?; Tracing the Contours: Feminist Research and Feminist Objectivity; A Feminist Epistemology; PART II. STRATEGIES ON ISSUES OF RACE, CLASS, GENDER, & SEXUALITY; Difference Matters: Studying Across Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality; A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality; Rethinking Social Class: Qualitative Perspectives on Class and Gender; Parenting in Black and White Families: The Interaction of Gender with Race and Class; Can Men Be Subjects of Feminist Thought?; Fieldwork in Lesbian and Gay Communities; PART III. APPLICATIONS AND METHODS; How Feminists Practice Social Research; Talking and Listening from Women's Standpoint: Feminist Strategies for Interviewing and Analysis; Gendering Violence: Masculinity and Power in Men's Accounts of Domestic Violence; Focus Groups: A Feminist Method; Vulnerability and Dangerousness: The Construction of Gender through Conversation about Violence; Some Thoughts by an "Unrepentant Positivist" Who Considers Herself a Feminist Nonetheless; The Blacker the Berry: Gender, Skin Tone, Self-Esteem, and Self-Efficacy; Inferences Regarding the Personality Traits and Sexual Orientaton of Physically Androgynous People; The Outsider Phenomenon; The Social Organization of Sexuality and Gender in Alternative Hard Rock: An Analysis of Intersectionality; What's So Feminist About Women's Oral History?; But Sometimes You're Not Part of the Story: Oral Histories and Ways of Remembering and Telling
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