“Secrecy and Silence in the Research Process: Feminist Reflections”

Here is another book that just made it onto my wish list! Kate S. brought it to my attention. I wonder if the Toronto Women’s Bookstore can order it for me.

At the moment I am polishing my methodology chapter so I can surely use this book to broaden my thinking of the power laden research process.

At the moment, my main concern is how to best organize the volumes of data that I have collected over the years and how to present it my dissertation.

As an aspiring feminist sociologist I see that my work is about excavating lived experiences of those in the margins and translating them onto words on print.  The first time that I heard Jacqui Alexander speak I was mesmerized by her  capacity to describe worlds of women in a way that she turned theories into a trangible reality that I could carry with me between my hands, savour in my mouth and eat bit by bit.

This reminds me of Marjorie Devault’s call for feminist researchers: “instead of agreeing on what to call women’s activity, we should make our talk richer and more complex–we should use as many words, and put them together  in ways that force readers to imagene the reality we’re describing in a new way-to taste it, try it out, turn it over, take it apart”.  (Source: Liberating Method: Feminism and Social Research, 1999: 81)

On a Canadian winter Saturday night, I am craving for this book and wondering how to write the lives of women…

Secrecy and Silence in the Research Process: Feminist Reflections” edited by Roisin Ryan-Flood and Rosalind Gill

About the Book (Routledge)

Feminist research is informed by a history of breaking silences, of demanding that women’s voices be heard, recorded and included in wider intellectual genealogies and histories. This has led to an emphasis on voice and speaking out in the research endeavour. Moments of secrecy and silence are less often addressed. This gives rise to a number of questions. What are the silences, secrets, omissions and and political consequences of such moments? What particular dilemmas and constraints do they represent or entail? What are their implications for research praxis? Are such moments always indicative of voicelessness or powerlessness? Or may they also constitute a productive moment in the research encounter? Contributors to this volume were invited to reflect on these questions. The resulting chapters are a fascinating collection of insights into the research process, making an important contribution to theoretical and empirical debates about epistemology, subjectivity and identity in research. Researchers often face difficult dilemmas about who to represent and how, what to omit and what to include. This book explores such questions in a fascinating collection of essays from international scholars.

Link: http://www.routledge.com/books/Secrecy-and-Silence-in-the-Research-Process-isbn9780415452144


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