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Feminist Ethnography

Author : Dána-Ain Davis
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A timely “problem-based” approach to the history and application of feminist ethnography, this text features over 25 Essentials (excerpts from key texts) and 25 Spotlights (interviews with contemporary feminist ethnographers) and is guided by critical questions about feminist methods as well as debates and challenges in the field.

Feminist Ethnography

Author : D. Davis
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Feminist Ethnography: Methodologies, Challenges and Possibilities will offer a timely textbook-style discussion of the breadth and history of feminist ethnography and the application of feminist ethnographic methods. Although feminist anthropology has a long and complex history of reclaiming female anthropologists from the late 19th and early 20th century, theoretical explorations of women s roles in the 1970s, experiments with feminist writing in the 1980s and 90s, and the move toward establishing an Anthropology of Gender (and Sexuality) into the 21st century, we tease out more pointedly the influences of feminist ethnography on the discipline. Moving into the 21st century, in what ways might we explain a reinvigorated feminist anthropological commitment to social justice? What are the possibilities (and challenges) that exist for feminist ethnography 25 years after its initial examinations of reflexivity, objectivity, reductive individualism, and the social relevance of activist scholarship? What does feminist ethnography look like now? This volume explores how feminist ethnography has developed following the debate over whether there can be a feminist ethnography. After the initial interest peaked regarding the challenges and ethics of feminist ethnography in the 1980s, much of the scholarly discussion of feminist ethnography quieted. Attention turned to the necessary resituation of feminist anthropology based on Micaela di Leonardo s edited volume Gender at the Crossroads of Knowledge: Feminist Anthropology in the Postmodern Era (1991). The work of Ruth Behar and Deborah Gordon (1995) in Women Writing Culture also explicated how the threads of ethnographic practice, production and feminism are woven together. And Irma McLaurin s (2001) important volume, Black Feminist Anthropology, demonstrated the key theoretical and methodological contributions of women anthropologists of color. This textbook emerges out of these discussions to reflect on the challenges and possibilities for feminist ethnography in the context of a (post)neoliberal era. The textbook is organized into eight sections. The first section provides an introduction, which establishes the importance of feminist ethnography, its meanings over time and how the textbook itself is representative of a feminist collaboration. This first section will also include a how to guide for using the textbook. The second section is an historical overview of feminist ethnography, noting that the feminist ethnographic approach is not often identified as such by authors. The third section examines feminist methodologies. It answers the question, how does one do feminist ethnography? We will not attempt to cover every possible feminist ethnographic method, but will explore methods such as participant-observation, oral history, narrative analysis, participatory action research, to examine ways of conducting data analysis and presenting data within a feminist framework. The fourth section explores the ethics of feminist ethnography. We seek to advance the discussion that Judith Stacey began in 1988 and explore the ethics of feminist ethnography within the contemporary context of neoliberalism. The fifth section will explore the challenges and critiques of feminist ethnography, including the challenges faced during participatory research, and critiques of bias in insider research. In the sixth section, we explore the production and distribution of feminist ethnography with particular attention to different ways that ethnography can be popularized. In the seventh section, we discuss how anthropologists are able link their findings to broader publics through activism, advocacy and public policy. In the final chapter, we engage in a conversation with other feminist ethnographers about their visions for the future of feminist ethnography. Each section will include ethnographic textboxes featuring the work of feminist ethnographers and other features particularly useful in the classroom,

Feminist Ethnography

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Feminist Ethnography: Methodologies, Challenges and Possibilities will offer a timely textbook-style discussion of the breadth and history of feminist ethnography and the application of feminist ethnographic methods. Although feminist anthropology has a long and complex history of reclaiming female anthropologists from the late 19th and early 20th century, theoretical explorations of women s roles in the 1970s, experiments with feminist writing in the 1980s and 90s, and the move toward establishing an Anthropology of Gender (and Sexuality) into the 21st century, we tease out more pointedly the influences of feminist ethnography on the discipline. Moving into the 21st century, in what ways might we explain a reinvigorated feminist anthropological commitment to social justice? What are the possibilities (and challenges) that exist for feminist ethnography 25 years after its initial examinations of reflexivity, objectivity, reductive individualism, and the social relevance of activist scholarship? What does feminist ethnography look like now? This volume explores how feminist ethnography has developed following the debate over whether there can be a feminist ethnography. After the initial interest peaked regarding the challenges and ethics of feminist ethnography in the 1980s, much of the scholarly discussion of feminist ethnography quieted. Attention turned to the necessary resituation of feminist anthropology based on Micaela di Leonardo s edited volume Gender at the Crossroads of Knowledge: Feminist Anthropology in the Postmodern Era (1991). The work of Ruth Behar and Deborah Gordon (1995) in Women Writing Culture also explicated how the threads of ethnographic practice, production and feminism are woven together. And Irma McLaurin s (2001) important volume, Black Feminist Anthropology, demonstrated the key theoretical and methodological contributions of women anthropologists of color. This textbook emerges out of these discussions to reflect on the challenges and possibilities for feminist ethnography in the context of a (post)neoliberal era. The textbook is organized into eight sections. The first section provides an introduction, which establishes the importance of feminist ethnography, its meanings over time and how the textbook itself is representative of a feminist collaboration. This first section will also include a how to guide for using the textbook. The second section is an historical overview of feminist ethnography, noting that the feminist ethnographic approach is not often identified as such by authors. The third section examines feminist methodologies. It answers the question, how does one do feminist ethnography? We will not attempt to cover every possible feminist ethnographic method, but will explore methods such as participant-observation, oral history, narrative analysis, participatory action research, to examine ways of conducting data analysis and presenting data within a feminist framework. The fourth section explores the ethics of feminist ethnography. We seek to advance the discussion that Judith Stacey began in 1988 and explore the ethics of feminist ethnography within the contemporary context of neoliberalism. The fifth section will explore the challenges and critiques of feminist ethnography, including the challenges faced during participatory research, and critiques of bias in insider research. In the sixth section, we explore the production and distribution of feminist ethnography with particular attention to different ways that ethnography can be popularized. In the seventh section, we discuss how anthropologists are able link their findings to broader publics through activism, advocacy and public policy. In the final chapter, we engage in a conversation with other feminist ethnographers about their visions for the future of feminist ethnography. Each section will include ethnographic text boxes featuring the work of feminist ethnographers and other features particularly useful in the classroom,

Feminism And Method

Author : Nancy A. Naples
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Naples draws on different research topics, such as welfare, poverty, sexual identity, and sexual abuse, to illustrate some of the most salient dilemmas of feminist research: the debate over objectivity, the paradox of discourse, the dilemma of "standpoint," and the challenges of activist research. By linking important feminist theoretical debates with case studies, Naples illustrates the strategies she developed for resolving the challenges posed be postmodern, Third World, postcolonial, and queer studies.

Pushing For Midwives

Author : Christa Craven
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With the increasing demand for midwives, activists are lobbying to loosen restrictions that deny legal access to homebirth options. In Pushing for Midwives, Christa Craven presents a nuanced history of women’s reproductive rights activism in the U.S. She also provides an examination of contemporary organizing strategies for reproductive rights in an era increasingly driven by “consumer rights.” An historical and ethnographic case study of grassroots organizing, Pushing for Midwives is an in-depth look at the strategies, successes, and challenges facing midwifery activists in Virginia. Craven examines how decades-old race and class prejudices against midwives continue to impact opposition to—as well as divisions within—women’s contemporary legislative efforts for midwives. By placing the midwifery struggle within a broader reproductive rights context, Pushing for Midwives encourages activists to reconsider how certain political strategies have the potential to divide women. This reflection is crucial in the wake of neoliberal political-economic shifts that have prioritized the rights of consumers over those of citizens—particularly if activists hope to maintain their commitment to expanding reproductive rights for all women.

Feminist Activist Ethnography

Author : Christa Craven
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This collection reengages 20th century debates on feminist ethnography in a 21st century context. It serves as a critical dialog about the possibilities for feminist ethnography in the 21st century—at the intersection of engaged feminist research and collective activism. Contributors argue that feminist ethnography has much to offer contemporary debates over activist scholarship by posing feminist counter-visions to the overwhelmingly market-driven approach of neoliberal public policy efforts.

Outsider Within

Author : Faye Venetia Harrison
ISBN : 9780252074905
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Envisioning new directions for an inclusive anthropology

Representing Youth

Author : Amy L. Best
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From youth culture to adolescent sexuality to the consumer purchasing power of children en masse, studies are flourishing. Yet doing research on this unquestionably more vulnerable-whether five or fifteen-population also poses a unique set of challenges and dilemmas for researchers. In Representing Youth, Amy Best has assembled an important group of essays that address these concerns head on, providing scholars with thoughtful and often practical answers to their many methodological concerns. These original essays range from how to conduct research on youth in ways that can be empowering for them, to issues of writing and representation, to respecting boundaries and to dealing with issues of risk and responsibility to those interviewed.Contributors include: Amy L. Best, Sari Knopp Biklen, Elizabeth Chin, Susan Driver, Marc Flacks, Kathryn Gold Hadley, Madeline Leonard, C.J. Pascoe, Rebecca Raby, Alyssa Richman, Jessica Taft, Michael Ungar, Yvonne Vissing, and Stephani Etheridge Woodson.

Feminist Ethnography Thinking Through Methodologies Challenges And Possibilities D Na Aindavis And Christacraven London Rowman Littleford 2016

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Live And Die Like A Man

Author : Farha Ghannam
ISBN : 9780804787918
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Watching the revolution of January 2011, the world saw Egyptians, men and women, come together to fight for freedom and social justice. These events gave renewed urgency to the fraught topic of gender in the Middle East. The role of women in public life, the meaning of manhood, and the future of gender inequalities are hotly debated by religious figures, government officials, activists, scholars, and ordinary citizens throughout Egypt. Live and Die Like a Man presents a unique twist on traditional understandings of gender and gender roles, shifting the attention to men and exploring how they are collectively "produced" as gendered subjects. It traces how masculinity is continuously maintained and reaffirmed by both men and women under changing socio-economic and political conditions. Over a period of nearly twenty years, Farha Ghannam lived and conducted research in al-Zawiya, a low-income neighborhood not far from Tahrir Square in northern Cairo. Detailing her daily encounters and ongoing interviews, she develops life stories that reveal the everyday practices and struggles of the neighborhood over the years. We meet Hiba and her husband as they celebrate the birth of their first son and begin to teach him how to become a man; Samer, a forty-year-old man trying to find a suitable wife; Abu Hosni, who struggled with different illnesses; and other local men and women who share their reactions to the uprising and the changing situation in Egypt. Against this backdrop of individual experiences, Ghannam develops the concept of masculine trajectories to account for the various paths men can take to embody social norms. In showing how men work to realize a "male ideal," she counters the prevalent dehumanizing stereotypes of Middle Eastern men all too frequently reproduced in media reports, and opens new spaces for rethinking patriarchal structures and their constraining effects on both men and women.

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