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Feminist Measures in Survey Research

Feminist Measures in Survey Research

January 2012 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

How can multiracial feminism inform social science survey research? What would it mean, in practical terms, to bring an "intersectional" approach to survey design and statistical analysis? How might such an approach change our understanding of the social world? Feminist Measures in Survey Research offers a new approach for bridging feminist theory and quantitative social science research. Catherine E. Harnois demonstrates how a multiracial feminist perspective can inform virtually every aspect of the research process, from survey design and statistical modeling to the frameworks used to interpret the results. Harnois argues for an interdisciplinary approach to social research, rooted in multiracial feminist theorizing. Such an approach, she suggests, enables a critical reexamination of the assumptions embedded in everyday research practices. It also provides a new and important framework for critiquing and producing quality survey research.

Catherine E. Harnois was honored with the 2012 Distinguished Article Award from the American Sociological Association. This award recognizes scholars who have made a distinguished and significant contribution to the development of the integrative field of race, gender, and class through the publication of a journal article or book chapter on the "cutting edge" of sociological inquiry.

Chapter 1. Feminist Theory and Survey Research
Chapter 2. (Inter)disciplinarity in Feminist Survey Research
Chapter 3. Analytic Interventions of Multiracial Feminism: Measuring and Modeling Sexism with an Intersectional Approach
Chapter 4. Further Re-modeling with Multiracial Feminism: Highlighting interactive effects of race, ethnicity, age, and gender
Chapter 5. Complicating the General with Narratives of the Particular: Analyzing "feminism" with a multiracial feminist approach
Chapter 6. Multiracial Feminism and Survey Research: Re-thinking the "Impossibility of Coherence"

”The book speaks to readers in a number of social science disciplines. It will improve standard methods of survey research and provide feminist scholars with useful tools.”

Alyssa N. Zucker
The George Washington University

“This book makes important contributions to the study of intersectionality in the social sciences. It provides interesting and clear critiques of current survey instruments and analysis and demonstrates how alternative models might elucidate our understandings of the world.”

Celeste Montoya
University of Colorado, Boulder

”The author has created a book that is comprehensive in its scope, widely accessible and on the forefront of feminist research. Multiracial feminist theory has remained on the margins for too many, for far too long. This book brings multiracial feminism center stage by making it our starting point for doing research.”

Natalie J. Bourdon
Mercer University

“This book addresses a real gap in feminist methods literature.”

Jo Reger
Oakland University

A very good book but supplemental to the course. depends very much on dissertation subject

Robert Perrett
School of Management, Bradford University
March 9, 2013

Curious about book but content not relevant.

Dr Abby Train
Mathematical Sciences Dept, New Mexico State University - Las Cruces
April 18, 2012
Key features

Key Features

  • Demonstrates what multiracial feminist theory offers survey researchers in terms of specific analytic interventions that can bring greater complexity and nuance to social science research
  • Provides a critical re-examination of the basic assumptions embedded in everyday survey research practices
  • Offers a stand-alone case study in each chapter which, taken as a whole, illustrate that there are multiple ways to do multiracial feminist survey research

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