Feminist Research Methods

Welcome to the course calendar for my research methods course, GSWS 322/800: Feminist Research Methods (Fall 2014). Below, you will find course topics and links to course readings (available via the SFU library). Refer to the course syllabus for full references and the list of abbreviations.

GSWS 322/800: Feminist Research Methods (Fall 2014)

September 8: What constitutes feminist research?
September 15: From epistemology to method, troubling the production of knowledge
  • King, 2003. “You’re not the Indian I had in mind,” in The Truth About Stories, pp. 31-60.
  • Kindon et al, Chapters 1 and 2 in PAR, pp. 1-18.
  • Cahill and Torre, Chapter 23 in PAR: Beyond the journal article, pp. 196-205.
  • McDowell, 1999. Reflections on the Dilemmas of Feminist Research, in Gender, Identity & Place. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. (Recommended)
  • Pratt, et al, Chapter 3 in CTFP, pp. 65-86. (Recommended)
September 22: Situating knowledges
  • Haraway, 1988. Situated knowledges. Feminist Studies, 14, 575-599.
  • Sundberg, 2005. Looking for the critical geographer, or why bodies and geographies matter to the emergence of critical geographies of Latin America. Geoforum, 36, 17-28.
  • Walby and Armstrong, 2010. Measuring equalities: data and indicators in Britain. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 13, 237-249. (Recommended)
  • Gavin, et al. Chapter 8 in PAR: Working towards and beyond collaborative resource management, pp. 60-70. (Recommended)
September 29: Quantitative data collection & mixed methods from a feminist perspective
October 6: Negotiating the politics of (qualitative) data collection
  • Mullings, 1999. Insider or outsider, both or neither: some dilemmas of interviewing in a cross-cultural setting. Geoforum, 30, 337-350.
  • Opondo et al, Chapter 10 in PAR: Gender and employment, pp. 80-87.
  • Kennedy, 1995. Telling tales: Oral history and the construction of Pre-Stonewall lesbian history. Radical History Review 62, 58-79.
  • de Leeuw et al, 2012. Participatory and community-based research, Indigenous geographies and the spaces of friendship: A critical engagement. The Canadian Geographer, 56, 180-194. (Recommended)
October 20: In the archive
October 27: Semi-structured interviews and oral histories
  • Handouts: Portelli, Alberelli, and Riordon
November 3: Data analysis
  • Cidell, 2010. Content clouds as exploratory qualitative data analysis. Area, 42, 514-523.
  • Cahill, Chapter 21 in PAR: Participatory data analysis.
  • Handout: Maynes et al, 2008. Intersecting stories.
  • Driscoll Derickson, 2009. Gendered, material and partial knowledges: A feminist critique of neighbourhood level indicator systems. Environment and Planning A, 41, 896-910. (Recommended)
November 10: Analysing research methodologies
  • Handouts
November 17: TBA

November 24: Translating feminist research into policy
  • Whitzman, 2012. Women’s safety and everyday mobility. In Whitzman et al (eds.) Building Inclusive Cities, pp. 35-52. Find the ebook here through the SFU library.
  • Donmoyer, 2012. Two (very) different worlds: The cultures of policymaking and qualitative research. Qualitative Inquiry, 18, 798-807.
  • Mountz & Walton-Roberts, 2006. Gender, geography and policy: The conundrums of engagement. GeoJournal, 65, 263-273.
  • McDermott, 2011. The world some of us have won: Sexuality, class and inequality. Sexualities, 14, 63-78. (Recommended)

December 1: Evaluating research “success”

  • McFarlane & Hansen, Chapter 11 in PAR: Inclusive methodologies, pp. 88-94.
  • Handouts: Marshall, 2002 and Reed, 2002 (Recommended)
  • Nagar, 2013. Storytelling and co-authorship in feminist alliance work: reflections from a journey. Gender, Place and Culture 20, 1-18. (Recommended)
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