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Maggie O'Neill

In: Cultural Theory: Classical and Contemporary Positions

Chapter Eleven: Feminist Knowledge and Socio-Cultural Research: Ethnomimesis, Feminist Praxis and the Visual Turn

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Feminist Knowledge and Socio-Cultural Research: Ethnomimesis, Feminist Praxis and the Visual Turn
Feminist Knowledge and socio-cultural research: Ethnomimesis, feminist praxis and the visual turn
MaggieO'Neill
Introduction

This chapter explores cultural sociology in practice by focusing upon the author's participatory action research with female sex workers. An interpretive feminist account of women's life histories, rooted in immersion in the feeling worlds of participants is represented through fragments of women's narratives, live art and photography. This approach is defined as ‘ethno-mimesis’, and is rooted in four key concepts: (1) the interrelation between feminist thought and practice/praxis involving a methodological process of immersion, interpretation, commentary and criticism; (2) the importance of critical feminist theory; (3) interpretive ethnography as a way of understanding women's lived experiences, especially the development of critical standpoint ...

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