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Feminist Ethnography

Author : Dána-Ain Davis
ISBN : 9780759122468
Genre : Social Science
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What is feminist ethnography? What is its history? How can its methods be applied? How is feminist ethnography produced, distributed, and evaluated? How do feminist ethnographers link their findings to broader publics through activism, advocacy, and public policy? Investigating these questions and more, this cross-cultural and interdisciplinary new text employs a problem-based approach to guide readers through the methods, challenges, and possibilities of feminist ethnography. Dána-Ain Davis and Christa Craven tease out the influences of feminist ethnography across a variety of disciplines including women’s and gender studies, critical race studies, ethnic studies, education, communications, psychology, sociology, urban studies, and American studies. Feature elements of the text include Essentials (excerpts from key texts in the field), Spotlights (interviews with feminist ethnographers), and suggested assignments and readings. The text concludes with a “conversation” among contemporary feminist ethnographers about what feminist ethnography looks like today and into the future.
Category: Social Science

Feminist Ethnography

Author : D. Davis
ISBN : 0759122458
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Feminist Ethnography: Methodologies, Challenges and Possibilities will offer a timely textbook-style discussion of the breadth and history of feminist ethnography and the application of feminist ethnographic methods. Although feminist anthropology has a long and complex history of reclaiming female anthropologists from the late 19th and early 20th century, theoretical explorations of women s roles in the 1970s, experiments with feminist writing in the 1980s and 90s, and the move toward establishing an Anthropology of Gender (and Sexuality) into the 21st century, we tease out more pointedly the influences of feminist ethnography on the discipline. Moving into the 21st century, in what ways might we explain a reinvigorated feminist anthropological commitment to social justice? What are the possibilities (and challenges) that exist for feminist ethnography 25 years after its initial examinations of reflexivity, objectivity, reductive individualism, and the social relevance of activist scholarship? What does feminist ethnography look like now? This volume explores how feminist ethnography has developed following the debate over whether there can be a feminist ethnography. After the initial interest peaked regarding the challenges and ethics of feminist ethnography in the 1980s, much of the scholarly discussion of feminist ethnography quieted. Attention turned to the necessary resituation of feminist anthropology based on Micaela di Leonardo s edited volume Gender at the Crossroads of Knowledge: Feminist Anthropology in the Postmodern Era (1991). The work of Ruth Behar and Deborah Gordon (1995) in Women Writing Culture also explicated how the threads of ethnographic practice, production and feminism are woven together. And Irma McLaurin s (2001) important volume, Black Feminist Anthropology, demonstrated the key theoretical and methodological contributions of women anthropologists of color. This textbook emerges out of these discussions to reflect on the challenges and possibilities for feminist ethnography in the context of a (post)neoliberal era. The textbook is organized into eight sections. The first section provides an introduction, which establishes the importance of feminist ethnography, its meanings over time and how the textbook itself is representative of a feminist collaboration. This first section will also include a how to guide for using the textbook. The second section is an historical overview of feminist ethnography, noting that the feminist ethnographic approach is not often identified as such by authors. The third section examines feminist methodologies. It answers the question, how does one do feminist ethnography? We will not attempt to cover every possible feminist ethnographic method, but will explore methods such as participant-observation, oral history, narrative analysis, participatory action research, to examine ways of conducting data analysis and presenting data within a feminist framework. The fourth section explores the ethics of feminist ethnography. We seek to advance the discussion that Judith Stacey began in 1988 and explore the ethics of feminist ethnography within the contemporary context of neoliberalism. The fifth section will explore the challenges and critiques of feminist ethnography, including the challenges faced during participatory research, and critiques of bias in insider research. In the sixth section, we explore the production and distribution of feminist ethnography with particular attention to different ways that ethnography can be popularized. In the seventh section, we discuss how anthropologists are able link their findings to broader publics through activism, advocacy and public policy. In the final chapter, we engage in a conversation with other feminist ethnographers about their visions for the future of feminist ethnography. Each section will include ethnographic textboxes featuring the work of feminist ethnographers and other features particularly useful in the classroom,
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Feminist Ethnography

Author : D. Davis
ISBN : 075912244X
Genre : Social Science
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Feminist Ethnography: Methodologies, Challenges and Possibilities will offer a timely textbook-style discussion of the breadth and history of feminist ethnography and the application of feminist ethnographic methods. Although feminist anthropology has a long and complex history of reclaiming female anthropologists from the late 19th and early 20th century, theoretical explorations of women s roles in the 1970s, experiments with feminist writing in the 1980s and 90s, and the move toward establishing an Anthropology of Gender (and Sexuality) into the 21st century, we tease out more pointedly the influences of feminist ethnography on the discipline. Moving into the 21st century, in what ways might we explain a reinvigorated feminist anthropological commitment to social justice? What are the possibilities (and challenges) that exist for feminist ethnography 25 years after its initial examinations of reflexivity, objectivity, reductive individualism, and the social relevance of activist scholarship? What does feminist ethnography look like now? This volume explores how feminist ethnography has developed following the debate over whether there can be a feminist ethnography. After the initial interest peaked regarding the challenges and ethics of feminist ethnography in the 1980s, much of the scholarly discussion of feminist ethnography quieted. Attention turned to the necessary resituation of feminist anthropology based on Micaela di Leonardo s edited volume Gender at the Crossroads of Knowledge: Feminist Anthropology in the Postmodern Era (1991). The work of Ruth Behar and Deborah Gordon (1995) in Women Writing Culture also explicated how the threads of ethnographic practice, production and feminism are woven together. And Irma McLaurin s (2001) important volume, Black Feminist Anthropology, demonstrated the key theoretical and methodological contributions of women anthropologists of color. This textbook emerges out of these discussions to reflect on the challenges and possibilities for feminist ethnography in the context of a (post)neoliberal era. The textbook is organized into eight sections. The first section provides an introduction, which establishes the importance of feminist ethnography, its meanings over time and how the textbook itself is representative of a feminist collaboration. This first section will also include a how to guide for using the textbook. The second section is an historical overview of feminist ethnography, noting that the feminist ethnographic approach is not often identified as such by authors. The third section examines feminist methodologies. It answers the question, how does one do feminist ethnography? We will not attempt to cover every possible feminist ethnographic method, but will explore methods such as participant-observation, oral history, narrative analysis, participatory action research, to examine ways of conducting data analysis and presenting data within a feminist framework. The fourth section explores the ethics of feminist ethnography. We seek to advance the discussion that Judith Stacey began in 1988 and explore the ethics of feminist ethnography within the contemporary context of neoliberalism. The fifth section will explore the challenges and critiques of feminist ethnography, including the challenges faced during participatory research, and critiques of bias in insider research. In the sixth section, we explore the production and distribution of feminist ethnography with particular attention to different ways that ethnography can be popularized. In the seventh section, we discuss how anthropologists are able link their findings to broader publics through activism, advocacy and public policy. In the final chapter, we engage in a conversation with other feminist ethnographers about their visions for the future of feminist ethnography. Each section will include ethnographic text boxes featuring the work of feminist ethnographers and other features particularly useful in the classroom,
Category: Social Science

Feminist Activist Ethnography

Author : Christa Craven
ISBN : 9780739176375
Genre : Social Science
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Writing in the wake of neoliberalism, where human rights and social justice have increasingly been subordinated to proliferating “consumer choices” and ideals of market justice, contributors to this collection argue that feminist ethnographers are in a key position to reassert the central feminist connections between theory, methods, and activism. Together, we suggest avenues for incorporating methodological innovations, collaborative analysis, and collective activism in our scholarly projects. What are the possibilities (and challenges) that exist for feminist ethnography 25 years after initial debates emerged in this field about reflexivity, objectivity, reductive individualism, and the social relevance of activist scholarship? How can feminist ethnography intensify efforts towards social justice in the current political and economic climate? This collection continues a crucial dialog about feminist activist ethnography in the 21st century—at the intersection of engaged feminist research and activism in the service of the organizations, people, communities, and feminist issues we study.
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Feminism And Method

Author : Nancy A. Naples
ISBN : 9781134568079
Genre : Social Science
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Naples draws on different research topics, such as welfare, poverty, sexual identity, and sexual abuse, to illustrate some of the most salient dilemmas of feminist research: the debate over objectivity, the paradox of discourse, the dilemma of "standpoint," and the challenges of activist research. By linking important feminist theoretical debates with case studies, Naples illustrates the strategies she developed for resolving the challenges posed be postmodern, Third World, postcolonial, and queer studies.
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Feminism And Methodology

Author : Sandra G. Harding
ISBN : 0253204445
Genre : Social Science
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"In this collection, Sandra Harding offers a broad spectrum of feminist research... an incisive introduction... With this collection, Harding offers an outline of possibilities to students and practicing social scientists whose questions lie outside the dominant traditions of inquiry... " —Harvard Educational Review "The quality of the essays, plus that of the introduction and collection, commend this book to both the reader who would explore these issues and she/he who would know more." —Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease In this collection, Sandra Harding interrogates some of the classic essays from the last fifteen years of feminist social science literature in order to explore the basic and troubling questions about science and social experience, gender, and politics which they raise. A valuable introduction to crucial methodological and epistemological issues.
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Live And Die Like A Man

Author : Farha Ghannam
ISBN : 9780804787918
Genre : Social Science
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Watching the revolution of January 2011, the world saw Egyptians, men and women, come together to fight for freedom and social justice. These events gave renewed urgency to the fraught topic of gender in the Middle East. The role of women in public life, the meaning of manhood, and the future of gender inequalities are hotly debated by religious figures, government officials, activists, scholars, and ordinary citizens throughout Egypt. Live and Die Like a Man presents a unique twist on traditional understandings of gender and gender roles, shifting the attention to men and exploring how they are collectively "produced" as gendered subjects. It traces how masculinity is continuously maintained and reaffirmed by both men and women under changing socio-economic and political conditions. Over a period of nearly twenty years, Farha Ghannam lived and conducted research in al-Zawiya, a low-income neighborhood not far from Tahrir Square in northern Cairo. Detailing her daily encounters and ongoing interviews, she develops life stories that reveal the everyday practices and struggles of the neighborhood over the years. We meet Hiba and her husband as they celebrate the birth of their first son and begin to teach him how to become a man; Samer, a forty-year-old man trying to find a suitable wife; Abu Hosni, who struggled with different illnesses; and other local men and women who share their reactions to the uprising and the changing situation in Egypt. Against this backdrop of individual experiences, Ghannam develops the concept of masculine trajectories to account for the various paths men can take to embody social norms. In showing how men work to realize a "male ideal," she counters the prevalent dehumanizing stereotypes of Middle Eastern men all too frequently reproduced in media reports, and opens new spaces for rethinking patriarchal structures and their constraining effects on both men and women.
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Feminist Research Practice

Author : Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber
ISBN : 9781483315676
Genre : Social Science
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The fully revised and updated Second Edition of Feminist Research Practice: A Primer, edited by Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber, draws on the expertise of a stellar group of interdisciplinary scholars who cover cutting-edge research methods and explore research questions related to the complex and diverse issues that deeply impact women’s lives. This text offers a unique hands-on approach to research by featuring engaging and relevant exercises as well as behind-the-scenes glimpses of feminist researchers at work. The in-depth examples cover the range of research questions that feminists engage with, including issues of gender inequality, violence against women, body image issues, and the discrimination of other marginalized groups. Written in a clear, concise manner that invites students to explore and practice a wide range of research, the Second Edition offers seven new chapters that reflect the latest scholarship in the field, a stronger focus on ethics, new examples that bring concepts to life, effective learning tools, and more.
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Representing Youth

Author : Amy L. Best
ISBN : 9780814799536
Genre : Social Science
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From youth culture to adolescent sexuality to the consumer purchasing power of children en masse, studies are flourishing. Yet doing research on this unquestionably more vulnerable-whether five or fifteen-population also poses a unique set of challenges and dilemmas for researchers. In Representing Youth, Amy Best has assembled an important group of essays that address these concerns head on, providing scholars with thoughtful and often practical answers to their many methodological concerns. These original essays range from how to conduct research on youth in ways that can be empowering for them, to issues of writing and representation, to respecting boundaries and to dealing with issues of risk and responsibility to those interviewed.Contributors include: Amy L. Best, Sari Knopp Biklen, Elizabeth Chin, Susan Driver, Marc Flacks, Kathryn Gold Hadley, Madeline Leonard, C.J. Pascoe, Rebecca Raby, Alyssa Richman, Jessica Taft, Michael Ungar, Yvonne Vissing, and Stephani Etheridge Woodson.
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