Feminism and Social Change: Bridging Theory and Practice

Overview

How likely is feminist research to promote change in society? Are some research methods more successful at promoting change than others? Contributors to this volume discuss principles of feminist inquiry, providing examples from their own experience and evaluating research practices for their potential to promote social change. These twelve explorations cover methodologies including ethnographic study, in-depth interviewing, naming, and going public. Also explored are consultative relationships between academic ...
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Overview

How likely is feminist research to promote change in society? Are some research methods more successful at promoting change than others? Contributors to this volume discuss principles of feminist inquiry, providing examples from their own experience and evaluating research practices for their potential to promote social change. These twelve explorations cover methodologies including ethnographic study, in-depth interviewing, naming, and going public. Also explored are consultative relationships between academic researchers and activist organizations, participatory and advocacy research processes, and coalition building.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252064951
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Engaging Women's Communities: Dilemmas and Contradictions in Feminist Research 1
1 Contradictions of Feminist Methodology 23
2 Contradictions for Feminist Social Scientists 46
3 Objectivity and Truth: Problems in Doing Feminist Research 60
4 Can There Be a Feminist Ethnography? 88
5 Immigrant Women and Paid Domestic Work: Research, Theory, and Activism 105
6 Seeing through the Eye of Difference: A Reflection on Three Research Journeys 123
7 Lesbian Existence and the Women's Movement: Researching the "Lavender Herring" 143
8 Feminist Participatory Research and Empowerment: Going Public as Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse 160
9 Participatory Research and Alternative Strategies for Activist Sociology 187
10 Small Happinesses: The Feminist Struggle to Integrate Social Research with Social Activism 206
11 Advocacy Research for Feminist Policy Objectives: Experiences with Comparable Worth 225
12 Theoretical Bases for Coalition Building: An Assessment of Postmodernism 256
Contributors 275
Index 279
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