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Feminist Research Practice
A Primer

Second Edition
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July 2013 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The fully revised and updated edition of Feminist Research Practice: A Primer draws on the expertise of a stellar group of interdisciplinary scholars who cover cutting-edge research methods and explore research questions related to the complex and diverse issues that deeply impact women’s lives. This text offers a unique hands-on approach to research by featuring engaging and relevant exercises as well as 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 marginalized groups. Written in a clear, concise manner that invites students to explore and practice a wide range of research, the Second Edition offers seven new chapters that reflect the latest scholarship in the field, a stronger focus on ethics, new examples that bring concepts to life, effective learning tools, and more.

Sharlene Hesse-Biber
Chapter 1. A Re-Invitation to Feminist Research
Nancy A. Naples and Barbara Gurr
Chapter 2. Feminist Empiricism and Standpoint Theory: Approaches to Understanding the Social World
Nollaig Frost and Frauke Elichaoff
Chapter 3. Feminist Postmodernism, Poststructuralism and Critical Theory
Linda Bell
Chapter 4. Ethics and Feminist Research
Elana D. Buch and Karen M. Staller
Chapter 5. What Is Feminist Ethnography?
M. Brinton Lykes and Alison Crosby
Chapter 6. Feminist Practice of Action and Community Research
Sharlene Hesse-Biber
Chapter 7. Feminist Approaches to In-Depth Interviewing
Jennie Munday
Chapter 8. The Practice of Feminist Focus Groups
Heather McIntosh and Lisa M. Cuklanz
Chapter 9. Feminist Media Research
Kathi Miner and Toby Jayaratne
Chapter 10. Feminist Survey Research
Donna M. Mertens and Nichole Stewart
Chapter 11. The Feminist Practice of Program Evaluation
Sharlene Hesse-Biber
Chapter 12. Feminist Approaches to Mixed Methods Research
Sharlene Hesse-Biber
Chapter 13. Conclusion: Putting Together Your Research Project

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site
The companion website contains chapter-specific PowerPoint slide presentations which offer assistance with lecture and review preparation by highlighting essential content and features from the book.

“The text’s combination of feminist focus and practical method guidance can be invaluable for truly engaging qualitative research students in their research concepts and tasks.”

Jeanne Bickford, University of California, Irvine

Jeanne Bickford
University of California, Irvine

“The volume features great examples to which students can relate. References to popular culture (e.g., Law and Order) and insightful stories from the field are a wonderful means of keeping students’ attention and reinforcing the continuing relevance of feminist methods. The volume also balances coverage of theoretical and epistemological concerns with practical techniques and tips. The writing style is engaging and the technical terminology is clearly defined.” 

John P. Bartkowski, University of Texas at San Antonio

John P. Bartkowski
University of Texas at San Antonio

“Chapter 8 on the practice of feminist focus groups provides new insights along with critique of a type of methodology that is rarely addressed in feminist methodologies texts or courses. The examples are very helpful. New researchers would appreciate the examples of processes and questions...”    

—Karen T. Keifer-Boyd, The Pennsylvania State University  

Karen T. Keifer-Boyd
The Pennsylvania State University

This book is very useful for students wanting to further their knowledge and understanding in feminist research and practice. The chapters are clearly written with theoretical insight of qualitative methods and an interpretivist approach to critical thinking in research.

Ms Heather Allison
Department of Education (North Campus), London Metropolitan University
November 27, 2016

Did not put this research in context to others

Mrs Heather Christine Turner
Health , Chester University
October 1, 2015

This excellent book gives students who are intererested in feminist research an excellent grounding

Thelma Lackey
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brighton University
March 29, 2015

This is a good introduction to the subject; accordingly, I have placed this book on my "Recommended" reading list.

Mr DOUGLAS ANDERSON
Humanities Fine Arts Dept, Front Range Community College
February 17, 2015

This book is a book recommended to students, but not adopted because enough students are not able to apply this clearly to their work. It requires detailed contextualization for use, which is done individually with students who would benefit from it.

Dr Paula Dawidowicz
School Of Education, Walden University
January 25, 2015

A well organised, engaging and insightful book suitable for feminist research studies. Particularly liked the 'feminist approaches to in-depth interviewing', and 'what is feminist ethnography' chapters.

Miss Amy Clark
Sport Science, Tourism & Leisure Dept, Canterbury Christ Church University
November 5, 2014

This is a comprehensive text regarding feminist research practice, and as such provides a good introduction to, and oversight of these methodologies.

Miss Juliette Wilson
Faculty of Arts,Media & Social Science, Salford Univ.
July 3, 2014
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • Two new theoretical chapters (2 and 3) provide the latest insights into a wide range of foundation issues with which feminist researchers grapple, such as: How do we know what we know? What theoretical lenses provide a window into subjected knowledge of women and other oppressed groups? What does it mean to take the standpoint of the most oppressed?
  • A new chapter on Ethics and Feminist Research (Chapter 4) covers a range of issues that are often not discussed in standard methods textbooks, including power and authority issues in social research and ethical conundrums researchers face across any given research project.
  • A new chapter on the Feminist Practice of Action and Community Research (Chapter 6) provides a set of analytical tools and methods that demonstrate how to promote social change for women and other oppressed groups.
  • A new chapter on Feminist Media Research (Chapter 9) provides a set of analytical lenses and tools that help readers engage with issues that deal with the growing influence of social media.
  • A new chapter on The Feminist Practice of Program Evaluation (Chapter 11) uses a feminist lens to explore ways to conduct an evaluation with the goals of social transformation and social change in mind.
  • A new concluding chapter, Conclusion: Putting Together Your Research Project (Chapter 13) provides a hands-on, step-by-step guide for conducting feminist research along with an in-depth example to help solidify the concepts, ideas, and methods discussed.
  • New in-depth examples in every chapter bring concepts to life and enhance understanding.
  • An expanded discussion of the impact of new online technologies, such as online surveys, ethnographies, and interviews, outlines their use and explores their advantages and disadvantages.
  • A discussion of ethics in each methods chapter has been incorporated into the discussions of the “how-to” of analysis, interpretation, and writing up results.
  • New discussion questions in each chapter provide readers with an opportunity to put together what they have learned and apply this learning to other research projects.
  • New online resources sections at the end of each chapter allow readers to follow up on specific methods and practices in other research contexts.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Behind-the-Scenes with Feminist Scholars boxes offer a window into the feminist researcher’s vantage point.
  • Contributions by well-known feminist researchers cover a range of epistemological and methodological concerns, and include the personal experiences that researchers have had in employing some of the methodological options reviewed in the text.  
  • The book’s holistic view of feminist research focuses on epistemology, theory, and methods.
  • A unique text/reader format combines the best of authored and edited volumes, with references, bulleted questions, and key points throughout.


What's New in the Second Edition?

The second edition of The Practice of Feminist Research brings a stellar group of new and returning scholars with newly revised chapters from the first edition as well as completely new chapters that cover some cutting edge research methods. All chapters highlight the latest scholarship by a range of interdisciplinary scholars who bring together feminist issues and methods in the service of answering a range of complex issues that deeply impact the diversity of women's lives.

New Chapters to the 2nd Edition

We have added a number of new and timely chapters to the 2nd edition that provide additional sets of analytical insights and research tools in the service of getting at complex and global issues. We have added two new feminist theoretical chapters by leading scholars in feminist theory. Chapter 2, Feminist Empiricism and Standpoint Theory and Chapter 3, Feminist Postmodernism, Poststructuralism and Critical Theory provide cutting edge insights into the range of foundation issues feminist research grapple with, namely: How do we know what we know? Who gets to know? What theoretical lenses provide a window into subjected knowledges of women and other oppressed groups? What does it mean to take the standpoint of the most oppressed? This edition also includes a new chapter on Ethics and Feminist Research (Chapter 4) that covers a range of issues that are often not discussed in standard methods textbooks. This chapter explores the range of power and authority issues in social research and extends the discussion of ethics beyond "informed consent" issues to address the range of conundrums researchers face across any given research project. Another new chapter, The Feminist Practice of Action and Community Research (Chapter 6 ), provides a set of analytical tools and methods that demonstrate how to specifically promote social change for women and other oppressed groups. This chapter provides strategies for including research respondents more directly into the research process as well. Another new chapter Feminist Media Research (Chapter 9), provides a set of analytical lenses and tools to engage with issues that deal with the growing influence of social media—twitter, facebook, etc. A new chapter on The Feminist Practice of Program Evaluation (Chapter 11), provides a feminist lens onto how to conduct an evaluation with the goals of social transformation and social change. The concluding new chapter, Putting it all Together: Doing Your Feminist Research Project, (Chapter 13), provides the researcher with a "hands on" step by step guide for conducting feminist research together with an in-depth example to follow that helps to solidify the concepts, ideas and methods practices discussed throughout this book.

Each book chapter provides students with in-depth examples as guides to learning a specific method with the inclusion of more graphics throughout the chapters. We also provide a set of insightful discussion questions that are meant to be moments of reflection whereby students have an opportunity to put together what they have learned throughout the chapter and apply this learning to other research contexts. Each chapter also includes online resources for students to follow-up on a specific method and its practice in other research contexts.

All new and returning chapters to this second edition have been revised to include the latest scholarship and feminist perspectives into a given research method. In addition, we have expanded a discussion of the impact of new technologies, such as online technologies which include online surveys, ethnographies and interviews and talk about the advantages and disadvantages of employing these technologies with given methods practices. In addition, we have included a discussion of ethics throughout each of the methods chapters. Each methods chapter contains a discussion of the basic "how-to" of analysis, interpretation, and writing up of a given methods practice.

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