Feminist Methodology: Challenges and Choices by Caroline Ramazanoglu

By Caroline Ramazanoglu

`An available, sincerely defined overview of inauspicious recommendations inside this area in addition to suitable debates. Its strengths are in outlining attainable issues that must be taken into consideration whilst making methodological offerings. It additionally basically explains how those offerings effect wisdom construction. This ebook could unquestionably be of substantial use to an individual trying to comprehend and familiarize yourself with feminist methodological concerns' - Feminism and Psychology

Who will be a feminist now? modern 'political realism' means that the necessities of the conflict have already been gained, and the present iteration of ladies coming into college is used to seeing feminism provided as 'old fashioned', 'extreme' and 'unrealistic'.

Challenging such assumptions, this crucial new booklet argues for the price of empirical investigations of gendered lifestyles, and brings jointly the theoretical, political and functional features of feminist technique.

Feminist technique

- demonstrates how feminist methods to method interact with debates in western philosophy to elevate severe questions about wisdom production

- indicates that feminist technique has a particular position in social research

- courses the reader in the course of the terrain of feminist method and clarifies how feminists can declare wisdom of gendered social life

- connects summary problems with conception with matters in fieldwork practice.

This well timed and available e-book may be a necessary source for college students in women's reports, gender experiences, sociology, cultural stories, social anthropology and feminist psychology.

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Descartes concluded that reason is necessary to arrive at decisions on truth, since what truly exists has to be conceptualized through theory as well as observed. ‘I understand by the sole power of judgement which resides in my mind, what I thought I saw with my own eyes’ (Descartes cited in Russell Feminist Method 2nd 16/1/02 11:17 Page 27 REASON, SCIENCE AND PROGRESS 27 1996: 549). 2 There have been significant influences on later thought, including feminist debates on epistemology, through what have come to be termed Cartesian doubt and Cartesian dualisms.

How can I know what is true? What can I know? These questions raise three particular problems. First, they target certainty in the sense of connecting ideas about the world to some underlying reality. Second, thought is not enough; people cannot simply think their way to knowledge of reality that is in some way certifiable. The process of thinking includes imagination and feeling, and even dreaming, since people can think while they are asleep. Descartes needed some way of validating claims to knowledge of truth/reality – how could he know what was true/real and what was dream, trick or illusion?

Sensitivity to power relations, and the difficulties of deconstructing them, have been central to feminist debates on methodology, but those power relations closest to home are the most difficult to see. While feminists expose gender-partiality rather than gender-neutrality in scientific knowledge, practice and organization, comparable challenges have been made to feminists. Patriarchal thought constitutes women as extraneous to authoritative knowledge production, and feminists have challenged this marginalization through political practice, and by fighting their way into academic institutions.

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