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Feminist Research Practice

Feminist Research Practice
A Primer

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November 2006 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"This volume accomplishes a great deal, combing theory and practice, abstract concepts and realistic, workable suggestions. Many of the studies and stories are fascinating as well as valuable research paradigms" —CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY

The topic of feminist research has frequently been neglected in standard research methods books. The purpose of this Primer is to invite students to explore the range of feminist perspectives, including feminist empiricist, feminist standpoint, and postmodern perspectives in order to bridge the divide between theory and research methods. This text provides a unique "hands-on" approach to research by providing exercises and "behind the scenes" glimpses of feminist researchers at work. The in-depth examples cover the range of research questions that feminists engage with, including issues of gender inequality, violence against women, body image issues, and the discrimination of "other/ed" marginalized groups. The Primer is written in a clear, concise manner that offers students the opportunity to explore and practice a wide range of research, from ethnography, oral history, focus groups, and content analysis to interviewing and survey research. A full chapter is devoted to feminist approaches to mixed methods research. Feminist Research Practice: A Primer is committed to the idea that research methods are best understood utilizing a "hands-on" pedagogy. Research tips and checklists are provided along the way for the novice researcher.

About the Authors
About the Chapter Contributors
About the Behind-the-Scenes Contributors
1. An Invitation to Feminist Research, by Abigail Brooks and Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber
Part I: Feminist Approaches to Epistemology and Theory
2. Feminist Empiricism: Challenging Gender Bias and "Setting the Record Straight," by Denise Leckenby
3. Feminist Standpoint Epistemology: Building Knowledge and Empowerment Through Women's Lived Experience, by Abigail Brooks
4. Feminist Postmodernism and Poststructuralism, by Patricia Lina Leavy
Part II: Feminist Approaches to Research Methods and Methodology
5. The Practice of Feminist In-Depth Interviewing, by Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber
6. The Practice of Feminist Oral History and Focus Group Interviews, by Patricia Lina Leavy
7. The Feminist Practice of Ethnography, by Elana D. Buch and Karen M. Staller
8. The Feminist Practice of Content Analysis, by Patricia Lina Leavy
9. Feminist Approaches to Mixed-Methods Research, by Denise Leckenby and Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber
Antoinette Errante, Lisa Cosgrove, Dana Jack Crowley, Diana E. H. Russel, Kristin L. Anderson, Maxine Birch, Sandra Harding, Suheyla Kirca Schroeder, Lisa Dodson, Patti Lather, Deborah Piatelli, Judith Preissle, Leah Schmalzbauer
10. Feminist Survey Research, by Kathi Miner-Rubino and Toby Epstein Jayaratne
Part III: Feminist Praxis
11. Putting It Together: Feminist Research Praxis, by Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber

The many voices of feminist social researchers here provide a welcome focus on inquiry practices.  They sort through more than three decades of social research as well as reflections on it. They illuminate these analyses with "tales from the field."  This is a valuable text for graduate and undergraduate social science researchers.

Sandra Harding
University of California, Los Angeles

"This volume accomplishes a great deal, combing theory and practice, abstract concepts and realistic, workable suggestions.  Many of the studies and stories are fascinating as well as valuable research paradigms" —CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY

Patricia M. Berliner
Contemporary Psychology: APA Reivew of Books

This course, I'm teaching, ended up being only theory focused. I chose theory texts. But, in the future I hope to teach a feminist research course and I would definitely use this book for that course.

Dr Candace Christensen
Sociology, Criminology, and Social Work, Idaho State Univ-Pocatello
March 8, 2014

The book is essential for students undertaking doctoral research especially for those using postmodern and/or poststructuralist approach. It is though provoking and covers many aspects of the social research. Thank you.

Ms Eva Mikuska
Childhood Studies (Bishop Otter), Chichester University
December 12, 2013

An excellent text - it will be useful for students interested in Feminist Research, less so for others, hence 'supplemental'.

Ms Alison Fielding
Department of Professional Development, Canterbury Christ Church University
October 4, 2012

excellent content

Dr Laurie Schaffner
Sociology Dept, University of Illinois - Chicago
September 22, 2012

Feminist views and approaches are well explored in this book. It offers a way of assessing women's issues from the standpoint of feminist research and practice. A true primer that examines some of the modifications to the positivist views.

Ms Emma Etuk
Midwifery, City University
July 30, 2012

I adopted this course text, and it was *fantastic*. It led my students clearly through the varieties of feminist methods, including the epistemologies underlying them. My students loved the book, and I would certainly use it again. Thank you for the review copy!

Dr Cynthia Ganote
Anthropology Sociology Dept, St Mary's College of California
September 17, 2011

Good introduction to interaction between methodology and policy

Dr Roberta Farber
Social Sciences Dept, Stern College For Women
July 23, 2011

Great comprehensive exploration of Fem. Research.

Accessible to Adult students in organization and content

Professor Deborah Barnes-Drummond
Adult and Continuing Education, Barry University - Miami
May 31, 2010
Key features
  • Features Behind-the-Scenes Boxes with Feminist Scholars: These boxes offer a glimpse behind the curtain of feminist research—a window into the feminist researcher's vantage point.
  • Includes contributions by well-known feminist researchers covering a range of epistemological and methodological concerns as well as personal experiences that feminist researchers have had in employing some of the methodological options reviewed in this text.  
  • Offers a holistic view of feminist research focusing on epistemology, theory and methods.
  • Combines the key features of both authored and edited volumes, with references to chapters, bulleted questions, and key points throughout.
  • Multiple contributors, who provide rich and diverse perspectives on feminist research.

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