Feminist Inquiry: From Political Conviction to Methodological Innovation / Edition 1

Feminist Inquiry: From Political Conviction to Methodological Innovation / Edition 1

by Mary Hawkesworth
     
 


Over the past three decades, feminist scholars have rocked the foundation of academia by challenging long-established beliefs, contesting dominant research paradigms, and identifying new strategies of analysis. How are we to understand these feminist interventions? Do they capture a truth about race and gender that mainstream scholarship has missed? Do they… See more details below

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Over the past three decades, feminist scholars have rocked the foundation of academia by challenging long-established beliefs, contesting dominant research paradigms, and identifying new strategies of analysis. How are we to understand these feminist interventions? Do they capture a truth about race and gender that mainstream scholarship has missed? Do they provide important insights into the politics of knowledge? How do feminist uses of traditional research methods differ from their deployment by nonfeminist scholars? What is distinctive and innovative about feminist research?

Feminist Inquiry provides scholars and students with a comprehensive guide to methodological issues within feminist scholarship. Mary Hawkesworth presents lucid introductions to key philosophical debates about the nature of knowledge, an original account of feminist scholarship’s contributions to these debates, and a sophisticated assessment of the analytical tools that feminist scholars have created to improve understandings of the world. Drawing upon contentious debates concerning the incidence of rape, public support for reproductive rights, affirmative action, and welfare reform, Hawkesworth demonstrates how seemingly abstract questions about the nature of knowledge have palpable effects on the lives of contemporary women and men.

Feminist Inquiry makes epistemological debates—previously the exclusive preserve of philosophers—accessible to a wider audience, and demonstrates the practical and academic importance of these issues.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813537054
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
204
Sales rank:
1,491,117
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.64(d)

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Table of Contents

Pt. IKnowledge and feminist knowledge production
Ch. 1Sources of error, strategies of redress17
Ch. 2Grappling with claims of truth54
Ch. 3Reconceptualizing objectivity76
Ch. 4Evidence98
Ch. 5Evidence blindness118
Pt. IIMethodological innovations
Ch. 6Gender as an analytic category145
Ch. 7Feminist standpoint theory as analytical tool176
Ch. 8Intersectionality207

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