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Handbook of Feminist Research: Theory and Praxis / Edition 2

Handbook of Feminist Research: Theory and Praxis / Edition 2

by Sharlene Hesse Biber
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This Handbook presents both a theoretical and practical approach to conducting social science research on, for, and about women. It develops an understanding of feminist research by introducing a range of feminist epistemologies, methodologies, and emergent methods that have had a significant impact on feminist research practice and women's studies scholarship. Contributors to the second Edition continue to highlight the close link between feminist research and social change and transformation.

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ISBN-13: 9781412980593
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 10/31/2011
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 792
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber (Ph D, University of Michigan) is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Women’s Studies & Gender Studies Program at Boston College in Massachusetts. She has published widely on the impact of sociocultural factors on women’s body image, including her book Am I Thin Enough Yet? The Cult of Thinness and the Commercialization of Identity, which was selected as one of Choice Magazine’s best academic books for 1996. She has also written widely on methodological and methods issues, including the role of technology and emergent methods in social research. Dr. Hesse-Biber is co-editor of Emergent Methods in Social Research and the Handbook of Emergent Methods, as well as co-author of The Practice of Qualitative Research. She is also editor of the Handbook of Feminist Research: Theory and Praxis, which was selected as one of the Critics’ Choice Award winners by the American Education Studies Association and was also chosen as one of Choice Magazine’s Outstanding Academic titles for 2007. Dr. Hesse-Biber is co-developer of the software program Hyper RESEARCH, a computer-assisted program for analyzing qualitative data, and the new transcription tool Hyper TRANSCRIBE. For more information, see

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

About the Editor xii

About the Contributors xii

Introduction 1

1 Feminist Research: Exploring, Interrogating, and Transforming the Interconnections of Epistemology, Methodology, and Method Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber 27

Part I Feminist Perspectives on Knowledge Building 28

2 Feminist Empiricism Catherine E. Hundleby 46

3 Feminist Standpoints Sandra Harding 65

4 Postmodern, Post-Structural, and Critical Theories Susanne Gannon Bronwyn Davies 92

5 Truth and Truths in Feminist Knowledge Production Mary Hawkesworth 119

6 Critical Perspectives on Feminist Epistemology Noretta Koertge 135

7 Interconnections and Configurations: Toward Global Feminist Ethnography Kum-Kum Bhavnani Molly Talcott 154

8 Intersectionality: A Transformative Paradigm in Feminist Theory and Social Justice Bonnie Thornton Dill aria H. Kohlman 154

Part II Feminist Research Praxis 175

9 The Synergistic Practice of Theory and Method Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber Deborah Piatelli 176

10 Feminist Ethnography: Histories, Challenges, and Possibilities Wanda S. Pillow Cris Mayo 176

11 Feminist Qualitative Interviewing; Experience, Talk, and Knowledge Marjorie L. DeVault Glenda Gross 187

12 Using Survey Research as a Quantitative Method for Feminist Social Change Kathi N. Miner Toby Epstein Jayaratne Amanda Pesonen Lauren Zurbrugg 206

13 The Link Between Feminist Theory and Methods in Experimental Research Sue V. Rosser 264

14 Feminist Evaluation Research Sharon Brisolara Denise Seigart 290

15 Feminist Approaches to Inquiry in the Natural Sciences: Practices for the Lab Deboleena Roy 331

16 Participatory Action Research and Feminisms Social Inequalities and Transformative Praxis M. Brinton Lykes Rachel M. Hershberg 368

17 Narratives and Numbers: Feminist Multiple Methods Research Elizabeth R. Cole Abigail J. Stewart 388

18 Feminism, Grounded Theory, and Situational Analysis Revisited Adele E. Clarke 388

19 Feminist Perspectives on Social Movement Research Sarah Maddison Frances Shaw 413

20 Feminist Research and Activism to Promote Health Equity Lynn Weber Jennifer Castellow 434

21 Joining the Conversation: Social Work Contributions to Feminist Research Stephanie Wahab Ben Anderson-Nathe Christina Gringeri 455

22 Writing Feminist Research Kathy Charmaz 475

23 Putting Feminist Research Principles Into Practice Kristen Intemann 195

Part III Feminist Issues and Insights in Practice and Pedagogy 511

24 Challenges and Strategies in Feminist Knowledge Building, Pedagogy, and Praxis Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber Abigail Brooks 513

25 Authority and Representation in Feminist Research Judith Roof 520

26 The Feminism Question in Science: What Does It Mean to "Do Social Science as a Feminist"? Alison Wylie 544

27 The Feminist Practice of Holistic Reflexivity Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber Deborah Piatelli 557

28 Feminist Research Ethics Judith Preissle Yuri Han 583

29 Transgender, Transsexualism, and the Queering of Gender Identities: Debates for Feminist Research Katherine Johnson 606

30 Future Directions in Difference Research: Recognizing and Responding to Difference in the Research Process Diane Reay 627

3 Feminizing Global Research/Globalizing Feminist Research: Methods and Practice Under Globalization Jennifer Bickham Mendez Diane L. Wolf 641

32 From Course to Dis-course: Mainstreaming Feminis Pedagogical, Methodological, and Theoretical Perspectives Debra Renee Kaufman Rachel Lewis 659

33 Feminist Pedagogy Reconsidered Daphne Patai 675

34 Teaching, Techniques, and Technologies of Feminist Methodology: Online and on the Ground Debjani Chakravarty Judith A. Cook Mary Margaret Fonow 693

Author Index 710

Subject Index 732

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