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Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology : An Interdisciplinary Reader - Sharlene Hesse-Biber

Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology

An Interdisciplinary Reader

By: Sharlene Hesse-Biber (Editor), Christina Gilmartin (Editor), Robin Lydenberg (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9780195125221
Number Of Pages: 400

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Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology addresses the theoretical issues raised by doing feminist research from an interdisciplinary perspective. Bringing together the work of leading scholars and emerging new critics, the editors have selected the best, most representative and recent work in feminist scholarship. The collection is organized around key issues in feminist theory and empirical research as impacted by post-structuralist dialogue. Several essays address the tensions between disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge building, exposing male biases embedded in disciplinary paradigms. Other essays deal with dramatic changes in two foundational concepts in feminist theory--identity and experience--which are presented not as innate and unproblematic, but as constituted by discourse, representation, and the effects of power. Additional essays examine the complex terrain in which differences within and between women are used as tools of oppression and of resistance both inside and outside feminist praxis. These essays uncover a subtext of racial anxiety, offering critical insights for academic and social change. The gender dynamics of power and resistance are taken up by several critics whose research encourages the development of a feminist scholarly methodology that focuses on women's subjective experiences, the ways in which they mediate relations of power, and their capacity for implementing personal and collective activism. These essays deal with the importance in feminist scholarship of resisting the inclination to view women as passive and powerless victims. Another major focus of the volume brings together visual and discursive representations of the female body in which heterosexuality and reproduction are imposed as the norm. The volume concludes with a set of essays which presents students with some methodological and political dilemmas feminists encounter as they expose the underlying ideological distortions in existing social policies. Distinct for its interdisciplinary scope as well as its global orientation, Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology is an ideal text for courses in a wide range of social science and humanities disciplines including research methods and women's studies.

Foreword Acknowledgments Contributors Introduction I. Feminist Critiques Within The Disciplines 1.: Emily Martin: The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles 2.: Susan Bordo: Feminist Skepticism and the "Maleness" of Philosophy 3.: Kathleen Canning: Feminist History after the Linguistic Turn: Historicizing Discourse and Experience II. The Politics Of Identity And Experience 4.: Joan Scott: The Evidence of Experience 5.: Jayati Lal: Situating Locations: The Politics of Self, Identity, and "Other" in Living and Writing the Text 6.: Catherine Raissiguier: The Construction of Marginal Identities: Working-Class Girls of Algerian Descent in a French School III. The Social Construction Of Difference 7.: Patricia Hill Collins: Learning from the Outsider Within: The Sociological Significance of Black Feminist Thought 8.: bell hooks: Eating the Other, 'Black Looks: Race and Representation' 9.: Feminist Criticism, 'The Yellow Wallpaper,' and the Politics in Color America IV. Power And Resistance 10.: Monique Deveaux: Feminism and Empowerment: A Critical Reading of Foucault 11.: Deniz Kandiyoti: Islam and Patriarchy: A Comparative Perspective V. Discourses Of The Body 12.: Anne Raine: Embodied Geographies: Subjectivity and Materiality in the Work of Ana Mendieta 13.: Rayna Rapp: The Power of "Positive" Diagnosis: Medical and Maternal Discourses on Amniocentesis 14.: The Psychomorphology of the Clitoris VI. Social Policy and Female Agency 15.: Roberta Spalter-Roth & Heidi Hartmann: Small Happinesses: The Feminist Struggle to Integrate Social Research with Social Activism 16.: Cindy Patton: From Nation to Family: Containing African AIDS Chandra Talpade Mohanty: Women Workers and Capitalist Scripts: Ideologies of Domination, Common Interests, and Politics of Solidarity

ISBN: 9780195125221
ISBN-10: 0195125223
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st September 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.57  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.54