Feminist Perspectives on Social Research

Paperback | September 8, 2003

EditorSharlene Nagy Hesse-biber, Michelle L. Yaiser

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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 behavioral 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 intothree sections. Each section begins with an original chapter, written by the editors, that discusses the overall theme and integrates the range of articles presented. Part One: Method, Methodology, Epistemology presents the theoretical ideas and arguments surrounding feminist research; it covers thecontributions 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 andwomen'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 andPatricia Leavy's Approaches to Qualitative Research (OUP, 2004).

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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 addres...

Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber is at Boston College. Michelle Yaiser is at New England Institute of Art and Communication.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.79 inPublished:September 8, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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I. EPISTEMOLOGY, METHODOLOGY, METHODSSharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber, Patricia Leavy, and Michelle L. Yaiser: 1. Feminist Approaches to Research as a Process: Reconceptualizing Epistemology, Methodology, and MethodDorothy E. Smith: 2. Women's Perspectives as Radical Critique of SociologySandra Harding: 3. Rethinking Standpoint Epistemology: What Is "Strong Objectivity"?Kum-Kum Bhavnani: 4. Tracing the Contours: Feminist Research and Feminist ObjectivityJoey Sprague and Diane Kobrynowicz: 5. A Feminist EpistemologyII. STRATEGIES ON ISSUES OF RACE, CLASS, GENDER, AND SEXUALITYSharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber and Michelle L. Yaiser: 6. Difference Matters: Studying Across Race, Class, Gender, and SexualityLynn Weber: 7. A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Race, Class, Gender, and SexualityDiane Reay: 8. Rethinking Social Class: Qualitative Perspectives on Class and GenderShirley A. Hill and Joey Sprague: 9. Parenting in Black and White Families: The Interaction of Gender with Race and ClassSandra Harding: 10. Can Men Be Subjects of Feminist Thought?Kath Weston: 11. Fieldwork in Lesbian and Gay CommunitiesIII. APPLICATIONS AND METHODSSharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber and Denise Leckenby: 12. How Feminists Practice Social ResearchMarjorie L. DeVault: 13. Talking and Listening from Women's Standpoint: Feminist Strategies for Interviewing and AnalysisKristin L. Anderson and Debra Umberson: 14. Gendering Violence: Masculinity and Power in Men's Accounts of Domestic ViolenceSue Wilkinson: 15. Focus Groups: A Feminist MethodJocelyn A. Hollander: 16. Vulnerability and Dangerousness: The Construction of Gender through Conversation about ViolenceJanet Saltzman Chafetz: 17. Some Thoughts by an Unrepentant "Positivist" Who Considers Herself a Feminist NonethelessMaxine S. Thompson and Verna M. Keith: 18. The Blacker the Berry: Gender, Skin Tone, Self-Esteem, and Self-EfficacyLaura Madson: 19. Inferences Regarding the Personality Traits and Sexual Orientaton of Physically Androgynous PeopleNancy A. Naples: 20. The Outsider PhenomenonMimi Schippers: 21. The Social Organization of Sexuality and Gender in Alternative Hard Rock: An Analysis of IntersectionalitySusan Geiger: 22. What's So Feminist about Women's Oral History?Antoinette Errante: 23. But Sometimes You're Not Part of the Story: Oral Histories and Ways of Remembering and Telling