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Explanations of how identities are constructed are fundamental to contemporary debates in feminism and in cultural and social theory. Formations of Class & Gender demonstrates why class should be featured more prominently in theoretical accounts of gender, identity and power. Beverley Skeggs identifies the neglect of class, and shows how class and gender must be fused together to produce an accurate representation of power relations in modern society. The book questions how theoretical frameworks are generated for understanding how women live and produce themselves through social and cultural relations. It uses detailed ethnographic research to explain how ‘real’ women inhabit and occupy the social and cultural posit

Respectable Knowledge: Experience and Interpretation
Respectable knowledge: Experience and interpretation

This chapter attempts to make transparent the processes involved when doing feminist ethnography. It provides a partial account because it would be impossible to reduce into text and convey completely the research encounter: so much happened over such a long period of time. It is a feminist account of doing feminist research which engages with debates in feminist methodology and epistemology.1 It is an account of power and legitimation, the focus of which is experience and interpretation. This chapter provides an underpinning for the rest of the book as methodology underpins all theory. To ignore questions of methodology is to assume that knowledge comes from nowhere allowing knowledge makers to abdicate responsibility for their productions and ...

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