Just Methods: An Interdisciplinary Feminist Reader / Edition 1

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Feminist research is a growing tradition of inquiry that aims to produce knowledge that is not biased by inequitable assumptions about gender and related categories such as class, race, religion, sexuality, and nationality.

Just Methods is designed for upper level undergraduate and graduate students in a range of disciplines. Rather than being concerned with particular techniques of inquiry, the interdisciplinary readings in this book address broad questions of research methodology. They are designed to help researchers think critically and constructively about the epistemological and ethical implications of various approaches to research selection and research design, evidence-gathering techniques, and publication of results.

A key theme running through the readings is the complex inter-relationship between social power and inequality, on the one hand, and the production of knowledge, on the other. A second and related theme is the inseparability of research projects and methodologies from ethical and political values.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594512049
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison M. Jaggar is Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the author of Feminist Frameworks, (edited with Paula Rothenberg, 1978, 1984, 1993) (McGraw Hill, 1993); Feminist Politics and Human Nature (Rowman and Littlefield, 1988); Living with Contradictions: Controversies in Feminist Social Ethics, (Westview Press 1994); and The Blackwell Companion to Feminist Philosophy, (edited with Iris M. Young, 1998) (Blackwell, 1999).
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Project of Feminist Methodology

Part I. Feminist critiques of methodology

1.The Humanities
Joan Kelly-Gadol, "The Social Relation of the Sexes: Methodological Implications of Women's History
Janice Moulton, "A Paradigm of Philosophy: The Adversary Method"
Paula Gunn Allen, "Kochinnenako in Academe: Three Approaches to Interpreting a Keres Indian Tale"

2.The Social Sciences
Dorothy E. Smith, "Women's Perspective as a Radical Critique of Sociology"
Toby Epstein Jayaratne and Abigail J. Stewart, "Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences: Current Feminist Issues and Practical Strategies"
Linda Tuhiwai Smith, "Research through Imperial Eyes"

Diana A. Strassman, "Not a Free Market: The Rhetoric of Discimplinary Authority in Economics"
Lourdes Beneria, "Paid and Unpaid Labor: Meanings and Debates"
Maryilyn Waring, "Counting for Something! Recognizing Women's Contribution to the Global Economy through Alternative Accounting Systems"

4.Human biology
Jennifer Terry, "Lesbians under the Medical Gaze: Scientists Search for Remarkable Differences"
Stephen J. Gould, "Critique of The Bell Curve"
Elisabeth A. Lloyd, "Bias"

5.Health sciences
Geri L. Dickson, "Metaphors of Menopause: The Metalanguage of Menopause Research
Karen Messing, "Don't Use a Wrench to Peel Potatoes: Biological Science Constructed on Male Model Systems Is a Threat to Women Workers' Health"
W.A. Rogers, "Evidence-Based Medicine and Justice: A Framework for Looking at the Impact of EBM upon Vulnerable or Disadvantage Groups"

6. Feminist studies
Maxine Baca Zinn, Lynn Weber Cannon, Elizabeth Higginbotham, and Bonnie Thornton Dill, "The Costs of Exclusionary Practices in Women's Studies"
Bette S. Tallen, "How Inclusive Is Feminist Political Theory? Questions for Lesbians"
Uma Narayan, "Cross-Cultural Connections, Border-Crossings and 'Death by Culture'"

Part II. Feminists rethinking methodology

7. Feminist empiricism: Experience and interpretation
Mary Field Belenky, Blythe McVicker Clinchy, Nancy Rule Goldberger, and Jill Mattuck Tarule, "Procedural Knowledge: Separate MMand Connected Knowing"
Patricia Hill Collins, "Toward and Afrocentric Feminist Epistempology"
Nancy Tuana, "Revaluing Science: Starting from the Practices of Women"

8. Feminist naturalism: Do women have distinctive ways of knowing?
Joan W. Scott, "Experience"
Renee T. White, "Talking about Sex and HIV: Conceputalizing a New Sociology of Experience"
Lorraine Code, "Incredulity, Experientalism, and the Politics of Knowledge"

9. Feminist standpoint theory: Social location and epistemic privilege
Patricia Hill Collins, "Learning from the Outsider within: The Sociological Significance of Black Feminist Thought"
Maria Mies, "The Need for a New Vision: The Subsistence Perspective"
Sandra Harding, "Borderlands Epistemologies"

10. Feminist postmodernism: knowledges as partial, contingent and politically informed
Donna Haraway, "Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective"
Nancy Fraser and Linda J. Nicholson, "Social Criticism without Philosophy: An Encounter between Feminism and Postmodernism:
Annie Opie, "Qualitative Research, Appropriation of the 'Other' and Empowerment"

11. Objectivity
Alison M. Jaggar, "Love and Knowledge: Emotion in Feminist Epistemology:
Longino, "Values and Objectivity"
Naomi Scheman, "Epistemology Resuscitated: Objectivity as Trustworthiness"

12. Democratizing research
Patricia Maguire, "Adjusting the Lens: Participatory Research"
Patricia Maguire, "A Feminist Participatory Research Framework"
Vandana Shiva, "Democratizing Biology: Reinventing Biology from a Feminist, Ecological, and Third World Perspective"
Jan Bootinand, "Feminist Participatory Action Research in the Mekong Region"

13. Ethical issues in research
Barrie Thorne, "You Still Takin' Notes? Fieldwork and Problems of Informed Consent"
Naheed Islam, "Research as an Act of Betrayal: Researching Race in an Asian Community in Los Angeles"
Linda Alcoff, "The Problem of Speaking for Others"

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