- Subject index
At no point in recorded history has there been an absence of intense, and heated, discussion about the subject of how to conduct relations between women and men. This Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to these omnipresent issues and debates, mapping the present and future of thinking about feminist theory.
The chapters gathered here present the state of the art in scholarship in the field, covering: Epistemology and marginality; Literary, visual and cultural representations; Sexuality; Macro and microeconomics of gender; Conflict and peace.
The most important consensus in this volume is that a central organizing tenet of feminism is its willingness to examine the ways in which gender and relations between women and men have been (and are) organized. The authors bring a shared commitment to the ...
Chapter 3: Feminist Auto/Biography
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 ...