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Handbook of Feminist Research

Theory and Praxis



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The topic feminist research has too often been neglected in standard research methods books. The Handbook of Feminist Research represents the establishment of a new tradition or paradigm in viewing how the research process is implemented. Feminist researchers bring unique epistemological and methodological perspectives to the research process. Feminists' approach to methodology allows for 'new' types of questions about women's lives and those of 'other//ed' marginalized groups to be addressed within their respective fields of research. This Handbook stresses the interconnections between epistemology, methodology and methods.They are not de-linked from each other but work together in dynamic ways to produce new knowledge and this openness itself is also characteristic of how feminist researchers approach their work. Feminists engage synergistically with all three aspects of the research process - epistemology, methodology and method. Through a synergistic connection between these elements of research: epistemology; methodology; and method, we find that feminist research often shapes new research endeavors that are greater than 'the sum of their parts'.In other words, while traditional research employs these components of research, the synergistic engagement of these components in feminist research questions the status quo, aiming to raise our consciousness about how we do research. Looking at the selections provided in this Handbook we are able to look at feminist research, its implementation of synergistic use of epistemology, methodology and method, and the resulting qualities of feminist research in practice.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 1. Feminist Research: Exploring the Interconnections of Epistemology, Methodology, and Method - Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber PART I. Feminist Perspectives on Knowledge Building 2. Feminist Empiricism - Catherine Hundleby 3. Feminist Standpoints - Sandra Harding 4. Postmodern, Poststructural, and Critical Theories - Susanne Gannon and Bronwyn Davies 5. The Politics of Border Crossings: Black, Postcolonial, and Transnational Feminist Perspectives - Hyun Sook Kim 6. Feminist Interdisciplinary Approaches to Knowledge Building - Sally L. Kitch PART II. Feminist Research Praxis 7. From Theory to Method and Back Again: The Synergistic Praxis of Theory and Method - Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber and Deborah Piatelli 8. Toward Understandings of Feminist Ethnography - Wanda S. Pillow and Cris Mayo 9. Feminist Interviewing: Experience, Talk, and Knowledge - Marjorie L. DeVault and Glenda Gross 10. Using Survey Research as a Quantitative Method for Feminist Social Change - Kathi Miner-Rubino, Toby Epstein Jayaratne, and Julie Konik 11. The Link Between Theory and Methods: Feminist Experimental Research - Sue V. Rosser 12. Reading Between the Lines: Feminist Content Analysis Into the Second Millennium - Shulamit Reinharz and Rachel Kulick 13. Feminist Evaluation Research - Sharon Brisolara and Denise Seigart 14. Participatory and Action Research and Feminisms: Toward Transformative Praxis - M. Brinton Lykes and Erzulie Coquillon 15. Narratives and Numbers: Feminist Multiple Methods Research - Abigail J. Stewart and Elizabeth R. Cole 16. Feminisms, Grounded Theory, and Situational Analysis - Adele E. Clarke 17. Emergent Methods in Feminist Research - Pamela Moss 18. Feminist Perspectives on Social Movement Research - Sarah Maddison 19. Institutional Ethnography: From a Sociology for Women to a Sociology for People - Dorothy E. Smith PART III. Feminist Perspectives on the Research Process: Issues and Insights 20. Core Feminist Insights and Strategies on Authority, Representations, Truths, Reflexivity, and Ethics Across the Research Process - Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber and Abigail Brooks 21. Authority and Representation in Feminist Research - Judith Roof 22. What?s Good Writing in Feminist Research? What Can Feminist Researchers Learn About Good Writing? - Kathy Charmaz 23. Reading for Another: A Method for Addressing Some Feminist Research Dilemmas - Laurel Richardson 24. Truth and Truths in Feminist Knowledge Production - Mary Hawkesworth 25. Holistic Reflexivity: The Feminist Practice of Reflexivity - Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber and Deborah Piatelli 26. Feminist Research Ethics - Judith Preissle PART IV. Commentaries on Future Directions in Feminist Theory, Research, and Pedagogy 27. Dialoguing About Future Directions in Feminist Theory, Research, and Pedagogy - Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber 28. Reason, Truth, and Experience: Tyrannies or Liberation? - Helen E. Longino 29. Critical Perspectives on Feminist Epistemology - Noretta Koertge 30. The Feminism Question in Science: What Does It Mean to ?Do Social Science as a Feminist?? - Alison Wylie 31. Standpoint Epistemology and Beyond - Nancy A. Naples 32. Commentary: Using Feminist Fractured Foundationalism in Researching Children in the Concentration Camps of the South African War (1899?1902) - Liz Stanley and Sue Wise 33. Future Directions in Difference Research: Recognising and Responding to Difference - Diane Reay 34. Feminist Designs for Difference - Michelle Fine 35. Decolonizing Approaches to Feminist Research: The Case of Feminist Ethnography - Katherine Borland 36. Future Directions of Feminist Research: Intersectionality - Bonnie Thornton Dill, Amy E. McLaughlin, and Angel David Nieves 37. Interconnections and Configurations: Toward a Global Feminist Ethnography - Kum-Kum Bhavnani 38. Feminizing Global Research/Globalizing Feminist Research: Methods and Practice Under Globalization - Jennifer Bickham Mendez and Diane L. Wolf 39. A Global Feminist Perspective on Research - Maria Mies 40. Future Directions of Feminist Research: New Directions in Social Policy?The Case of Women?s Health - Lynn Weber 41. From Course to Discourse: Mainstreaming Feminist Methodology - Debra Renee Kaufman 42. Feminist Pedagogy Reconsidered - Daphne Patai 43. A Passion for Knowledge: The Teaching of Feminist Methodology - Judith A. Cook and Mary Margaret Fonow Author Index Subject Index About the Editor About the Contributors

Author Biography

Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber, Ph. D. University of Michigan, is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Boston College. Her monograph, Am I Thin Enough Yet? (Oxford, 1996), was selected as one of Choice Magazine's best academic books for 1996. She is author of The Cult Thinness (Oxford, 2007) and Mixed Methods Research: Merging Theory with Practice (Guilford Publications, 2010). She is the co-author of Working Women in America (Oxford, 2005) and The Practice of Qualitative Research (Sage, 2006; 2011). She is the co-editor of Approaches to Qualitative Research (Oxford, 2004), Feminist Perspectives on Social Research (Oxford, 2004), Emergent Methods in Social Research (Sage, 2006) and The Handbook of Emergent Methods (Guilford, 2008). She is editor of The Handbook of Feminist Research (Sage, 2007), an AESA Critics' Choice Award winner and selected one of Choice Magazine's Outstanding Academic titles for 2007, and co-author of Feminist Research Practice: A Primer (Sage, 2007; Second Edition forthcoming, 2012). She is editor of The Handbook of Emergent Technologies in Social Research (Oxford, 2011). She is co-developer of HyperRESEARCH, a software tool for analyzing qualitative data, and HyperTRANSCRIBE, a transcription software tool (
Release date NZ
December 12th, 2006
Edited by Sharlene Hesse-Biber
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
SAGE Publications Ltd
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