FEMINIST ETHNOGRAPHY THINKING THROUGH METHODOLOGIES CHALLENGES AND POSSIBILITIES

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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. This text is accompanied by an author-maintained website that can be found here: http://discover.wooster.edu/feministethnography/
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,
Category: Social Science

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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This collection reengages 20th century debates on feminist ethnography in a 21st century context. It serves as a critical dialog about the possibilities for feminist ethnography in the 21st century—at the intersection of engaged feminist research and collective activism. Contributors argue that feminist ethnography has much to offer contemporary debates over activist scholarship by posing feminist counter-visions to the overwhelmingly market-driven approach of neoliberal public policy efforts.
Category: Social Science

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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Black Feminist Anthropology

Author : Irma McClaurin
ISBN : 0813529263
Genre : Social Science
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In the discipline's early days, anthropologists by definition were assumed to be white and male. Women and black scholars were relegated to the field's periphery. From this marginal place, white feminist anthropologists have successfully carved out an acknowledged intellectual space, identified as feminist anthropology. Unfortunately, the works of black and non-western feminist anthropologists are rarely cited, and they have yet to be respected as significant shapers of the direction and transformation of feminist anthropology. In this volume, Irma McClaurin has collected-for the first time-essays that explore the role and contributions of black feminist anthropologists. She has asked her contributors to disclose how their experiences as black women have influenced their anthropological practice in Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States, and how anthropology has influenced their development as black feminists. Every chapter is a unique journey that enables the reader to see how scholars are made. The writers present material from their own fieldwork to demonstrate how these experiences were shaped by their identities. Finally, each essay suggests how the author's field experiences have influenced the theoretical and methodological choices she has made throughout her career. Not since Diane Wolf's Feminist Dilemmas in the Field or Hortense Powdermaker's Stranger and Friend have we had such a breadth of women anthropologists discussing the critical (and personal) issues that emerge when doing ethnographic research.
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Pushing For Midwives

Author : Christa Craven
ISBN : 9781439902219
Genre : Medical
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With the increasing demand for midwives, activists are lobbying to loosen restrictions that deny legal access to homebirth options. In Pushing for Midwives, Christa Craven presents a nuanced history of women’s reproductive rights activism in the U.S. She also provides an examination of contemporary organizing strategies for reproductive rights in an era increasingly driven by “consumer rights.” An historical and ethnographic case study of grassroots organizing, Pushing for Midwives is an in-depth look at the strategies, successes, and challenges facing midwifery activists in Virginia. Craven examines how decades-old race and class prejudices against midwives continue to impact opposition to—as well as divisions within—women’s contemporary legislative efforts for midwives. By placing the midwifery struggle within a broader reproductive rights context, Pushing for Midwives encourages activists to reconsider how certain political strategies have the potential to divide women. This reflection is crucial in the wake of neoliberal political-economic shifts that have prioritized the rights of consumers over those of citizens—particularly if activists hope to maintain their commitment to expanding reproductive rights for all women.
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Feminist Methodologies For Critical Researchers

Author : Joey Sprague
ISBN : 9781442218734
Genre : Social Science
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The second edition features the latest critical scholarship and fresh examples, while providing an excellent overview of both quantitative and qualitative methods. Showing the links between methodology and epistemology, the book highlights the power of research to make a difference and offers practical suggestions for researchers across disciplines.
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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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