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Feminist Community Research

Case Studies and Methodologies

Feminist community research is a collaborative methodology that holds the promise of building a more just society. But in the absence of critical analysis and responsible use of power, the approach can lead to naive or harmful practices. This interdisciplinary volume acknowledges the challenges that researchers can encounter, and discusses strategies that have been employed to overcome them. By sharing collective wisdom gained from research among diverse groups – from immigrant and Aboriginal women in Vancouver to poverty-reduction practitioners in Vietnam – this book will help researchers and government agencies build better bridges between research institutions and communities.

268 pages


Table of Contents

1 Unpacking Relationships in Feminist Community Research: Cross-Cutting Themes / Wendy Frisby and Gillian Creese

2 Community Research from a Post-Colonial Feminist Perspective: Exemplars from Health Research in Canada and India / Joan M. Anderson, Koushambhi Basu Khan, and Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham

3 Feminist Demands, Dilemmas, and Dreams in Introducing Participatory Action Research in a Canada-Vietnam Capacity-Building Project / Leonora C. Angeles

4 Travels with Feminist Community-Based Research: Reflections on Social Location, Class Relations, and Negotiating Reciprocity / Shauna Butterwick

5 Voices from the Street: Sex Workers’ Experiences in Community-Based HIV Research / Jill Chettiar, Mark W. Tyndall, Katharine Chan, Devi Parsad, Kate Gibson, and Kate Shannon

6 Working across Race, Language, and Culture with African and Chinese Immigrant Communities / Gillian Creese, Xin Huang, Wendy Frisby, and Edith Ngene Kambere

7 Tangled Nets and Gentle Nettles: Negotiating Research Questions with Immigrant Service Organizations /Tara Gibb and Evelyn Hamdon

8 Challenging Policies for Lone Mothers: Reflections on, and Insights from, Longitudinal Qualitative Interviewing / Penny Gurstein, Jane Pulkingham, and Silvia Vilches

9 White Cowboy, Black Feminism, Indian Stories / Paul Kershaw

10 Inside and Outside of the Gates: Transforming Relationships through Research / Ruth Elwood Martin, Kelly Murphy, and Marla J. Buchanan

11 Living an Ethical Agreement: Negotiating Confidentiality and Harm in Feminist Participatory Action Research / Colleen Reid, Pamela Ponic, Louise Hara, Robin LeDrew, Connie Kaweesi, and Kashmir Besla

12 Capacity Building Is a Two-Way Street: Learning From Doing Research within Aboriginal Communities / Colleen Varcoe, Helen Brown, Betty Calam, Marla J.

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