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How can researchers produce work with relevance to theoretical and formal traditions and requirements of public academic knowledge while still remaining faithful to the experiences and accounts of research participants based in private settings? Feminist Dilemmas in Qualitative Research explores this key dilemma and examines the interplay between theory, epistemology and the detailed practice of research. It does this across the whole research process: access, data collection and analysis and writing up research. It goes on to consider ways of achieving high standards of reflexivity and openness in the strategic choices made during research, examining these issues for specific projects in an open and accessible style. Particular themes examined are: the research dilemmas that occur from feminist perspectives in relation to researching private and personal social worlds; the position of the researcher as situated between public knowledge and private experience; and the dilemmas raised for researchers seeking to contribute to academic discourse while remaing close to their knowledge forms.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780761956655
ISBN-10: 0761956654
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 12-Dec-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jane Catherine Ribbens

Jane Ribbens is Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. She is co-author of Mothers and Education: Inside Out? Exploring Family Education Policy and Experience (with D Miriam, R Edwards and M Hughes, 1993), and Mothers Intuition? Choosing Secondary Schools (with D Miriam and A West, 1994). Rosalind is Professor in Social Policy, and an elected member of the Academy of Social Sciences. Ros recently joined the Division (December 2010) from London South Bank University where she directed a 5-year ESRC research group programme of work concerned with families and social capital. She is founding and co-editor of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology (with Julia Brannen).