Women Researching in Africa: The Impact of Gender

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Ruth Jackson, Max Kelly
Springer, Jul 31, 2018 - Social Science - 317 pages

This edited collection explores the lives, consequences and motivations of female researchers in Africa, giving unprecedented insights into how their gender—and sometimes their ethnicity and age—impacted on their research experiences, and how doing research in Africa affected them as women. Each contributor considers her place or position in the research process and provides a vivid portrait of that experience. Drawing on research findings from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Malawi, Uganda and other African countries, the book looks at gender and identity as a female researcher in Africa; relationships with 'others'; and unique methodological challenges for female researchers in Africa. With refreshing candour, each chapter challenges other researchers in Africa (both women and men), to integrate critical reflections of gender and diverse gendered field experiences into their work.

Women Researching in Africa will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines including development studies, anthropology, geography, gender studies and international studies.


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The Impact of Gender
Part I Gender and Identity as a Female Researcher in Africa
Reflections of a Feminist Tightrope Walkers Research on Land Grabbing and the Dilemmas of Fieldworking While Parenting
Challenges and Observations
Ethics and Culture in Researching Family Care for Cancer Patients in Ghana
Navigating Decolonial Research as a Diasporic Black Woman
6 Reflections on the Dilemmas of Feminist Fieldwork in Africa
Part II Relationships with Others as a Female Researcher in Africa
Race Decolonial Ethics and Women Researching in Africa
10 Lessons Learned on Research Methods and Researcher Stance in Africa
Part III Methodological Challenges for Female Researchers in Africa
11 Challenges and Opportunities of Doing Fieldwork as a Woman on Women in Guinea
Framing Research Activities by Time and Distance in Kafa Zone Ethiopia
Opportunities Challenges and Ethical Dilemmas in Ghana and Sierra Leone
14 Historiography of African Market Women
Linking Experience to Practice

A Mzungu Loose in Africa
Comparing Two Research Experiences

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Ruth Jackson is Honorary Fellow at Deakin University, Australia.

Max Kelly is Senior Lecturer in International and Community Development Studies at Deakin University, Australia.

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