Feminist Community Research book published

This volume offers strategies for researchers, government agencies, and community groups to fulfill the promise of and overcome the challenges in feminist community research.

UBC Press announces the publication of Feminist Community Research edited by Gillian Creese and Wendy Frisby.

Feminist Community Research

Case Studies and Methodologies

Gillian Creese and Wendy Frisby (eds.)

Research Methodologies; Women’s Studies; Gender Studies; Health Studies; Community-Based research; Aboriginal Studies; Anthropology; Sociology

ISBN 9780774820868
Paperback $32.95
UBC Press 2012

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About the Book

Feminist community research is a collaborative, policy-oriented methodology that holds the promise of empowering the disadvantaged and building a more just society. But in the absence of critical analysis and the responsible use of power, this approach can lead to naive or even harmful practices.

Grounded as they are in fieldwork, the interdisciplinary case studies in this volume acknowledge the real methodological and ethical issues that researchers can encounter as they negotiate contested research relationships. The authors discuss the strategies — successful and unsuccessful — that they have employed to overcome these challenges. The authors’ collective experiences working with diverse groups, from immigrant and Aboriginal women in Vancouver to poverty-reduction practitioners in Vietnam, reveal that truly equitable research projects require that we question core concepts and address crucial issues such as the promises and limits of reflexivity; the politics of place, time, and resources; ethical dilemmas and emotional responses; and the way issues of social justice, policy, and social change are embedded in research. ­


“Instead of papering over difference, otherness and disparity, this book takes these issues head on. Fully engaging the possibilities and conditions of the present, this work addresses the variety of conundrums that permeate efforts toward feminist critical research with policy relevance.”
Patti Lather, professor and author of Getting Lost: Feminist Practices Toward a Double(d) Science

About the Editors

Gillian Creese is a professor of sociology and the director of the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of British Columbia.

Wendy Frisby is a professor in the School of Human Kinetics and past chair of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of British Columbia.

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  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. Buchanan, and Vera Newman
  13. Reflections: Promises and Limits of Feminist Community Research / Gillian Creese and Wendy Frisby