By Christa Craven, Dána-Ain Davis (eds.)
Writing within the wake of neoliberalism, the place human rights and social justice have more and more been subordinated to proliferating “consumer offerings” and beliefs of marketplace justice, members to this assortment argue that feminist ethnographers are in a key place to reassert the critical feminist connections among thought, equipment, and activism. jointly, we propose avenues for incorporating methodological strategies, collaborative research, and collective activism in our scholarly initiatives. What are the chances (and demanding situations) that exist for feminist ethnography 25 years after preliminary debates emerged during this box approximately reflexivity, objectivity, reductive individualism, and the social relevance of activist scholarship? How can feminist ethnography accentuate efforts in the direction of social justice within the present political and economy? This assortment maintains a vital conversation approximately feminist activist ethnography within the twenty first century—at the intersection of engaged feminist study and activism within the provider of the firms, humans, groups, and feminist matters we research.
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Several of these presentations developed into contributions for this volume (see chapters by Mary K. Anglin and Aimee Cox, and reflection by Scott Morgensen). 11. The later collection features interdisciplinary work by Latina scholars, including poets, oral historians, literary scholars, and psychologists, as well as ethnographers. 12. See also Charles Hale’s discussion of the contributions of scholars of color in Engaging Contradictions: Theory, Politics, and Methods of Activist Scholarship (2008:3).
Using feminist methodology and theory, I documented women’s embattled lives resulting from the combination of both personal and structural violence. Welfare reform policy represents a form of structural violence, which refers to any constraint on human potential due to economic and political circumstances that exacerbate inequality (Galtung 1969; Davis 2006:183). Data collection was designed to be an open process, because I wanted to honor women’s different ways of telling their stories. Thus they were encouraged to share their experiences in ways that they felt most comfortable.
Intervening on Gina’s behalf did not trump the new welfare laws’ rules and regulations—she was required to look for ten jobs a week and had to take what she was offered. Any threat or promise to work as a stripper earning unreported income might only put Gina at further risk for being denied assistance. For my part, it felt awkward being urged to perform, if you will, these and other women’s stories with important people, people who controlled access to the things they needed. It was a clumsy border to be on the edge of.