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On the Distinctiveness of Feminist Methodology

One of the challenging tasks before feminist academicians in India is to build a strong rese­arch tradition grounded in a robust feminist methodology. The discourse on research methodology in the social sciences generally revolves around quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods, and these...

Feminist Periscoping into Research on the Surrogacy Industry in India

In this article, the author lays out her decision to lean on “feminist periscoping,” a methodological approach developed by the feminist geographer Nancy Hiemstra, to conduct her field research in India. The author then discusses the ways in which this feminist methodology proved to be useful in studying difficult-to-access subjects and spaces and the insights she gained by adopting a periscoping strategy.

The Feminist Methodology

The feminist methodology in research is explained by discussing the various strands of feminism and bringing out the distinction between method and methodology.

From Violence to Supportive Practice

The politics of gender and feminist research have outlined the deprivations and unequal entitlements in the lives of women. This frame has also produced the view that understanding women's lives is incomplete without looking at their everyday locations within families that must include relations with men. This research has tried to bring into focus the way that men's support can be outlined and reflected upon in the context of gender equality and domestic democracy. Supportive practices are more than an `alternative' frame within which to place men. They enable us to hear an aspect of men's lives and expressions of their subjective positions in ways that have not so far been addressed.

Voices of Significant "Other"

Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Processes edited by Harriet Presser and Gita Sen; Oxford University Press, 2000; Rs 575, pp 426, hardcover.
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