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Feminist Auto/Biography
Feminist auto/biography
GayleLetherby
Auto/Biography and Theorized Subjectivity
Recognizing the Inevitability of Auto/Biography

My experiences of sociological research over the last twenty-five years have led me to argue that all research is informed by auto/biographical experience and is an intellectual activity that involves a consideration of power, emotion and P/politics. In 1999 the sociologist Liz Stanley described herself as a ‘child of her time’ (see also Stanley, 2005), suggesting that intellectual/academic socialization affects our interests and approaches. I too am a ‘child of my time’, which my research and writing interests demonstrate. Much of my work – the themes and focus of which are also affected by my own intellectual/academic socialization – is explicitly auto/biographical, noting the view of C. Wright Mills (1959: 204) that: ‘The social scientist ...

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