Feminist Inquiry: From Political Conviction to Methodological Innovation
Over the past three decades, feminist scholars have rocked the foundation of academia by challenging long-established beliefs, contesting dominant research paradigms, and identifying new strategies of analysis. How are we to understand these feminist interventions? Do they capture a truth about race and gender that mainstream scholarship has missed? Do they provide important insights into the politics of knowledge? How do feminist uses of traditional research methods differ from their deployment by nonfeminist scholars? What is distinctive and innovative about feminist research?
Feminist Inquiry provides scholars and students with a comprehensive guide to methodological issues within feminist scholarship. Mary Hawkesworth presents lucid introductions to key philosophical debates about the nature of knowledge, an original account of feminist scholarship's contributions to these debates, and a sophisticated assessment of the analytical tools that feminist scholars have created to improve understandings of the world. Drawing upon contentious debates concerning the incidence of rape, public support for reproductive rights, affirmative action, and welfare reform, Hawkesworth demonstrates how seemingly abstract questions about the nature of knowledge have palpable effects on the lives of contemporary women and men.
Feminist Inquiry makes epistemological debates--previously the exclusive preserve of philosophers--accessible to a wider audience, and demonstrates the practical and academic importance of these issues.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
104th Congress accredited afﬁrmative action African American analytic category analytical tool androcentric arguments assumptions belief beneﬁts Butler’s Carrie Meek challenge chapter claims cognition complex conceptions of objectivity concerning congresswomen of color constituted context critical critique cultural debates deﬁnes deﬁnition demonstrate developed discourses distortions dominant empirical empiricism epistemological evidence blindness explanation feminism feminist inquiry feminist researchers feminist scholars feminist scholarship feminist standpoint ﬁeld ﬁrst ﬂoor gender gender symbolism global human identiﬁed illuminate individual intersectionality investigation knowledge production legislation liberal feminists male method modes multiple natural attitude norms notion objectiﬁcation particular Patsy Mink percent philosophical political positivist poverty practices problems produce questions race racial racing-gendering racism rape rational reﬂection relations reproduction Republican role scientiﬁc sexual socialist feminist Sojourner Truth speciﬁc standpoint analysis standpoint theory strategies structure sufﬁcient suggests tion truth U.S. Congress welfare recipients welfare reform women of color