Feminist Community Research

Case Studies and Methodologies

Edited by Gillian Creese and Wendy Frisby

  • Published: 2011. Paperback 2012
  • Subject Listing: History
  • Bibliographic information: 232 pp., 80 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

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 - his book will help researchers and government agencies build better bridges between research institutions and communities.
Gillian Creese is a professor of sociology and thedirector of the Centre for Women's and Gender Studies at theUniversity of British Columbia. Wendy Frisby is aprofessor in the School of Human Kinetics and past chair of theWomen's and Gender Studies program at the University ofBritish Columbia.

"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
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

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

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

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