Researching Sexual Violence against Women: Methodological and Personal Perspectives / Edition 1

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A remarkable introduction to research in the field, Researching Sexual Violence Against Women provides cutting-edge information on the various studies conducted on North American campuses. This compelling book not only provides a strong overview of the entire field but also simultaneously offers an answer to backlash critics who claim that feminists exaggerate their statistics. Several of the best-known researchers describe their own work and that of others to illustrate both large-scale and local studies. The contributors also take a compelling look into the emotions of sexual assault research by discussing their own emotional experiences of working with rape research, including experiences of harassment by subjects or disrespect by colleagues.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803973695
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/5/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240

Table of Contents

I Introduction: Research on Sexual Assault on College Campuses 1
1 Stepping on Toes: Social Roots of Date Rape Lead to Intractability and Politicization 4
2 A Longitudinal Approach to the Study of Sexual Assault: Theoretical and Methodological Considerations 22
3 Measuring Sexual Abuse in Canadian University/College Dating Relationships: The Contribution of a National Representative Sample Survey 43
4 Acquaintance Rape Is Real Rape 54
5 Self-Blame in Hidden Rape Cases 65
II Emotion in Researching Violence Against Women 71
6 "I Second That Emotion": Reflections on Feminism, Emotionality, and Research on Sexual Violence 74
7 Activist Research and Social Narratives: Dialectics of Power, Privilege, and Institutional Change 86
8 Field Research With Phone Sex Workers: Managing the Researcher's Emotions 101
9 The Sexual Harassment of Researchers by Research Subjects: Lessons From the Field 115
III Doing Research on Violence Against Women 129
10 Confessions of a Reformed Positivist: Feminist Participatory Research as Good Social Science 131
11 Researching Violence Against Street Prostitutes: Issues of Epistemology, Methodology, and Ethics 144
12 Measuring Violence Against Women: The Interview as a Gendered Social Encounter 157
13 Studying Violence Against Women of Color: Problems Faced by a White Woman 179
References 193
Index 209
About the Authors 218
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