Feminism and Method: Ethnography, Discourse Analysis, and Activist Research

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-05-30
  • Publisher: Routledge

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InFeminism and Method, Nancy Naples provides a clear and accessible overview of the different theories of feminist methodology and practice as well as a framework for solving some of the most difficult research challenges faced by social scientists. Drawing on diverse research issues, such as welfare reform, rural economic development, racial formation, community control, and sexual abuse, Naples illustrates some of the most salient dilemmas of feminist research: the debate over objectivity, the materiality 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 by postmodern, Third World, and postcolonial feminist critiques of the practice of social research.

Author Biography

Nancy A. Naples is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of Connecticut

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi
Part I: Introduction
Feminism and Method
Epistemology, Feminist Methodology, and the Politics of Method
Part II: Standpoint Epistemologies, Reflective Practice, and Feminist Ethnography
Standpoint Analysis and Reflective Practice
The Insider/Outsider Debate: A Feminist Revisiting
Standpoint Epistemology: Explicating Multiple Dimensions
Part III: Feminist Materialism, Discourse Analysis, and Policy Studies
Community Control: Mapping the Changing Context
The Gendered Social Contract: Constructing the ``New Consensus''
Part IV: Activism, Narrative, and Empowerment
Bringing Everyday Life to Policy Analysis
Survivor Discourse: Narrative, Empowerment, and Resistance
Survivors Going Public: Reflections on the Limits of Participatory Research
Part V: Conclusion
Negotiating the Politics of Method
Appendices 203(4)
Notes 207(20)
References 227(26)
Index 253

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