Getting Lost: Feminist Efforts toward a Double(d) Science

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Marks the trajectory of the author’s work as a feminist methodologist.
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The gift of this text is the seriousness with which Lather brings feminist poststructural thinking to bear on urgent issues of knowledge creation as they relate to actual lives. Who wouldn't love a book that asks for a 'less ascetic, pious science,' gets naked methodologically and otherwise, and draws on theological writings?— Susan Talburt, author of Subject to Identity: Knowledge, Sexuality, and Academic Practices in Higher Education

"Lather opens up to full scrutiny her own work as an ethnographer, including stuck places, false starts, and dead ends. This deconstruction allows the reader to see the usefulness of working the ruins. She puts 'post' ideas to work in terms of what research means and does, and posits 'getting lost' as a way of knowing and thus enriches feminist methodology, critical ethnography, and philosophy of science. This book made me hopeful, for the first time in a long while, that social science after the critique of science is possible."— Mary Margaret Fonow, coeditor of Beyond Methodology: Feminist Scholarship as Lived Research
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Meet the Author

Patti Lather is Professor of Cultural Foundations of Education at the Ohio State University. She is the coauthor (with Chris Smithies) of Troubling the Angels: Women Living with HIV/AIDS and Getting Smart: Feminist Research and Pedagogy With/in the Postmodern.

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Table of Contents


1. Shifting Imaginaries in the Human Sciences: A Feminist Reading
Interlude: (Excerpted) Interview with Patti Lather

2. Methodology as Subversive Repetition: Practices toward a Feminist Double(d) Science
Interlude: Naked Methodology

3. Double(d) Science, Mourning, and Hauntology: Scientism, Scientificity, and Feminist Methodology
Interlude: If We Held a Reunion, Would Anyone Come?

4. Textuality as Praxis: With Ears to Hear the Monstrous Text
Interlude: E-mail Updates (Excerpted)

5. Applied Derrida: (Mis)Reading the work of Mourning in Social Research
Interlude: Déjà Vu All Over Again: Feminism, Postmodernism, and the Educational Left

6. Fertile Obsession: Validity after Poststructuralism
Interlude: Dear Elliot, August 1996-November 1997

7. Postbook: Working the Ruins of Feminist Ethnography
Interlude: The Angel to Philosophy of Science

Afterwords: Still Lost: The Summons of the Archive as Process
Chart 1: Postpositivist New Paradigm Inquiry, 2005, Patti Lather and Elizabeth St. Pierre
Chart 2: Major Interpretive Paradigms Chart, 2006, Wanda Pillow and Annel Medina, eds.


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