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Doing Feminist Research in Political and Social Science (2nd Edition)

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Guiding students step-by-step through the research process while simultaneously introducing a range of debates, challenges and tools that feminist scholars use, the second edition of this popular textbook provides a vital...

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Guiding students step-by-step through the research process while simultaneously introducing a range of debates, challenges and tools that feminist scholars use, the second edition of this popular textbook provides a vital resource to those students and researchers approaching their studies from a feminist perspective. Interdisciplinary in its approach, the book covers everything from research design, analysis and presentation, to formulating research questions, data collection and publishing research. Offering the most comprehensive and practical guide to the subject available, the text is now also fully updated to take account of recent developments in the field, including participatory action research, new technologies and methods for working with big data and social media.

Doing Feminist Research is required reading for undergraduate and postgraduate courses taking a feminist approach to Social Science Methodology, Research Design and Methods. It is the ideal guide for all students and scholars carrying out feminist research, whether in the fields of International Relations, Political Science, Interdisciplinary International and Global Studies, Development Studies or Gender and Women’s Studies.

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  • An accessible and theoretically informed guide to the various dilemmas and choices that arise in the process of doing research from a feminist perspective. 
  • More comprehensive and practical than other texts on feminist methodology.
  • Features a truly international base of research examples, ideal for students and scholars seeking a less parochial, more `worldly' guide to research.

  • New discussions of contemporary research methods, including participatory action research, survey research and technology, and methods for big data and social media.
  • Updated to reflect recent developments in feminist and gender theory, with references to the latest research examples and new boxes considering recent shifts in the social and political sciences.
  • Brand new boxed examples throughout covering topics including collaborations, femicide, negotiating changing research environments and the pros and cons of feminist participatory action research.
  • The text is now written in the first (authors) and second (readers) person making the text clearer, more consistent and inclusive from the reader point of view.
1. Introduction to Feminist Research
2. A Feminist Research Ethic Explained
3. Feminist Roadmaps: Planning, Doing, and Presenting Your Research
4. Question-Driven Research: Formulating a Good Question
5. Theory and Conceptualization: situating your topic, also known as….“The Literature Review”
6. The Personal and the Political: Constraints and Opportunities of Research Design
7. Designing and Timing a Research Project
8. Sampling Cases, Operationalizing Concepts and Variables, and Selecting Data Requirements
9. Generating and Collecting Data
10. Common Techniques for Analysis
11. Structured Inquiry Research Designs
12. Methods for Data Management and Field Research
13. Writing and Publishing
14. Conclusion: Feminist Research Ethic, Review, and Evaluation.
Doing Feminist Research is an important text which offers clear and easy-to-understand guidance on undertaking feminist methods in the social sciences. This updated version includes fresh insights and up-to-date examples, and is of use for students, teachers and researchers alike. – Hannah McCann, University of Melbourne, Australia
This wonderful book provides a thorough and practical guide to conducting excellent, ethical research in the social sciences. This new edition will serve as the central reading in my graduate feminist research methods course. The map of the research process and the guidelines for asking good questions and formulating effective methods to answer those questions will be useful not only to new researchers, but to experienced scholars as well. – Jyl Josephson, Rutgers University, USA
A wonderful and accessible guide that empowers students and researchers alike with the theoretical and methodological tools needed to carry out feminist research in practice. The book is filled with clear explanations of key concepts and uses relevant examples from existing research to illustrate the main points of each chapter. It serves as an invaluable compendium throughout each stage of the research process and should be required reading for anyone carrying out a research project! – Cai Weaver, University of Helsinki, Finland
Doing Feminist Research in Political and Social Science is an accessible guide to understanding, conceptualizing, planning and performing research. From theorizing to data collection, to analysis and writing, the book deals with the hard questions about what and how to research with a feminist ethos. It is comprehensive to read all the way through and useful to have on hand – a must-read for feminist researchers. – Laura Sjoberg, University of Florida, USA
Ackerly and True have given us a sharp second edition, one that captures the many innovative ways that feminist methodology is being applied today and that also shows us how to destabilize the gender binary and foster feminist community. The only book that appears on the syllabus of every course I teach, this is a classic not only for feminist scholars, but for anyone committed to doing critically engaged social science research. – Denise M. Walsh, University of Virginia, USA
Doing Feminist Research is an indispensable resource for anyone studying and teaching politics – and the second edition is even better than the first! Ackerly and True have retained and updated their careful engagement with the various steps and dimensions of the research process, while further strengthening the feminist research ethic that constitutes the DNA of the book. Feminist research practices are now more openly positioned within their institutional and political context; an important acknowledgement of the compromises and trade-offs, but also the relevance of feminist and critical social scientific research more broadly. – Laura Horn, Roskilde University, Denmark
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Brooke Ackerly is Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, USA.

Jacqui True is Professor of Politics & International Relations at Monash University, Australia.

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Brooke Ackerly is Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, USA.

Jacqui True is Professor of Politics & International Relations at Monash University, Australia.

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