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Feminist Dilemmas In Fieldwork - Diane Wolf

Feminist Dilemmas In Fieldwork

Paperback Published: 16th February 1996
ISBN: 9780813384993
Number Of Pages: 243

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Fieldwork poses particular dilemmas and contradictions for feminists because of the power relations inherent in the process of gathering data and implicit in the process of representation. Although most feminist scholars are committed to seeking ethical ways to analyze women and gender, these dilemmas are especially acute in fieldwork, where research often entails working with those who are in less privileged positions than the researcher. Despite attempts by feminist scholars to conduct more interactive and egalitarian research, they have rarely been able to disrupt the hierarchies of power. This book offers an interdisciplinary exploration of the kinds of dilemmas feminist researchers have confronted in the field, both in the United States and in Third World countries. Through experientially based writings, the authors unravel the contradictions stemming from their multiple positions as "insiders," "outsiders," or both, and from attempts to equalize the research relationship and, in some cases, to ameliorate the situation of those studied. The introductory essay includes an extensive review of the literature.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Situating Feminist Dilemmas in Fieldworkp. 1
Understanding the Gender System in Rural Turkey: Fieldwork Dilemmas of Conformity and Interventionp. 56
Skinfolk, Not Kinfolk: Comparative Reflections on the Identity of Participant-Observation in Two Field Situationsp. 72
Writing Ethnography: Feminist Critical Practicep. 96
Relationality and Ethnographic Subjectivity: Key Informants and the Construction of Personhood in Fieldworkp. 107
Between Bosses and Workers: The Dilemma of a Keen Observer and a Vocal Feministp. 122
Feminist Insider Dilemmas: Constructing Ethnic Identity with Chicana Informantsp. 138
Reflections on Oral History: Research in a Japanese American Communityp. 160
The Expeditions of Conjurers: Ethnography, Power, and Pretensep. 170
Situating Locations: The Politics of Self, Identity, and "Other" in Living and Writing the Textp. 185
Afterword: Musings from an Old Gray Wolfp. 215
About the Bookp. 223
About the Contributorsp. 225
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ISBN: 9780813384993
ISBN-10: 0813384990
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 243
Published: 16th February 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.52  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1