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Researching Sexual Violence against Women
Methodological and Personal Perspectives

Edited by:
  • Martin D. Schwartz - Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Ohio University, Ohio University, Athens, USA

March 1997 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"As the backlash against feminist research continues unabated, this important volume signals no retreat. Bringing together the foremost international researchers in the area of violence against women, Researching Sexual Violence Against Women offers excellent assessments of the dimensions of date rape-particularly on college campuses. Reasons why this form of violence against women has provoked such intense responses as well as new methodologies are thoroughly explored. Finally, the work examines the impact this research has on those who do it and calls for more work on women's victimization and the links between it and other forms of discrimination." --Meda Chesney-Lind, Women's Studies Program, University of Hawaii--Manoa 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. In addition, several scholars peruse empirical and epistemological questions--and arrive at surprising conclusions-on feminist participatory research into lesbian battering, reflexivity in studying prostitutes, the gendered nature of research interviews, and white women studying battered women of color. Including chapters on very hot topics and celebrating feminist research methodology, Researching Sexual Violence Against Women speaks to a broad audience, including researchers, academics, professionals, and students in the areas of interpersonal violence, social work, sociology, criminology, women's studies, psychology, family studies, and counseling as well as college administrators and mental health practitioners.

 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION: RESEARCH ON SEXUAL ASSAULT ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES
Mary P Koss and Hobart H Cleveland
Stepping on Toes
Social Roots of Date Rape Lead to Intractability and Politicization

 
Jacquelyn W White and John A Humphrey
A Longitudinal Approach to the Study of Sexual Assault
Theoretical and Methodological Considerations

 
Walter S DeKeseredy
Measuring Sexual Abuse in Canadian University/College Dating Relationships
The Contribution of a National Representative Sample Survey

 
Patricia A Frazier and Lisa M Seales
Acquaintance Rape Is Real Rape
Victoria L Pitts and Martin D Schwartz
Self-Blame in Hidden Rape Cases
 
PART TWO: EMOTION IN RESEARCHING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Elizabeth A Stanko
`I Second That Emotion'
Reflections on Feminism, Emotionality and Research on Sexual Violence

 
Susan K Hippensteele
Activist Research and Social Narratives
Dialectics of Power, Privilege and Institutional Change

 
Christine Mattley
Field Research with Phone Sex Workers
Managing the Researcher's Emotions

 
Jennifer K Huff
The Sexual Harassment of Researchers by Research Subjects
Lessons from the Field

 
 
PART THREE: DOING RESEARCH ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Claire M Renzetti
Confessions of a Reformed Positivist
Feminist Participatory Research as Good Social Science

 
Jody Miller
Researching Violence against Street Prostitutes
Issues of Epistemology, Methodology and Ethics

 
Dawn H Currie and Brian D MacLean
Measuring Violence against Women
The Interview as Gendered Social Encounter

 
Kimberly A Huisman
Studying Violence against Women of Color
Problems Faced by a White Woman

 

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