Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology: An Interdisciplinary Reader

Paperback | September 15, 1999

EditorSharlene Hesse-Biber, Christina Gilmartin, Robin Lydenberg

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Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology addresses the theoretical issues raised by doing feminist research from an interdisciplinary perspective. Bringing together the work of leading scholars and emerging new critics, the editors have selected the best, most representative and recentwork in feminist scholarship. The collection is organized around key issues in feminist theory and empirical research as impacted by post-structuralist dialogue. Several essays address the tensions between disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge building, exposing male biases embedded indisciplinary paradigms. Other essays deal with dramatic changes in two foundational concepts in feminist theory--identity and experience--which are presented not as innate and unproblematic, but as constituted by discourse, representation, and the effects of power. Additional essays examine thecomplex terrain in which differences within and between women are used as tools of oppression and of resistance both inside and outside feminist praxis. These essays uncover a subtext of racial anxiety, offering critical insights for academic and social change. The gender dynamics of power andresistance are taken up by several critics whose research encourages the development of a feminist scholarly methodology that focuses on women's subjective experiences, the ways in which they mediate relations of power, and their capacity for implementing personal and collective activism. Theseessays deal with the importance in feminist scholarship of resisting the inclination to view women as passive and powerless victims. Another major focus of the volume brings together visual and discursive representations of the female body in which heterosexuality and reproduction are imposed as thenorm. The volume concludes with a set of essays which presents students with some methodological and political dilemmas feminists encounter as they expose the underlying ideological distortions in existing social policies. Distinct for its interdisciplinary scope as well as its global orientation,Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology is an ideal text for courses in a wide range of social science and humanities disciplines including research methods and women's studies.

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Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology addresses the theoretical issues raised by doing feminist research from an interdisciplinary perspective. Bringing together the work of leading scholars and emerging new critics, the editors have selected the best, most representative and recentwork in feminist scholarship. The collection i...

Christina Gilmartin is at Northeastern University.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ForewordAcknowledgmentsContributorsIntroductionI. Feminist Critiques Within The Disciplines1. Emily Martin: The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles2. Susan Bordo: Feminist Skepticism and the "Maleness" of Philosophy3. Kathleen Canning: Feminist History after the Linguistic Turn: Historicizing Discourse and ExperienceII. The Politics Of Identity And Experience4. Joan Scott: The Evidence of Experience5. Jayati Lal: Situating Locations: The Politics of Self, Identity, and "Other" in Living and Writing the Text6. Catherine Raissiguier: The Construction of Marginal Identities: Working-Class Girls of Algerian Descent in a French SchoolIII. The Social Construction Of Difference7. Patricia Hill Collins: Learning from the Outsider Within: The Sociological Significance of Black Feminist Thought8. bell hooks: Eating the Other, 'Black Looks: Race and Representation'9. Feminist Criticism, 'The Yellow Wallpaper,' and the Politics in Color AmericaIV. Power And Resistance10. Monique Deveaux: Feminism and Empowerment: A Critical Reading of Foucault11. Deniz Kandiyoti: Islam and Patriarchy: A Comparative PerspectiveV. Discourses Of The Body12. Anne Raine: Embodied Geographies: Subjectivity and Materiality in the Work of Ana Mendieta13. Rayna Rapp: The Power of "Positive" Diagnosis: Medical and Maternal Discourses on Amniocentesis14. The Psychomorphology of the ClitorisVI. Social Policy and Female Agency15. Roberta Spalter-Roth and Heidi Hartmann: Small Happinesses: The Feminist Struggle to Integrate Social Research with Social Activism16. Cindy Patton: From Nation to Family: Containing African AIDSChandra Talpade Mohanty: Women Workers and Capitalist Scripts: Ideologies of Domination, Common Interests, and Politics of Solidarity