Gender, Families, and Close Relationships: Feminist Research Journeys

Gender, Families, and Close Relationships: Feminist Research Journeys

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“This new collection on interpersonal and family relationships, edited by Donna L. Sollie and Leigh A. Leslie, makes a worthy contribution to our understanding of the strengths and challenges of feminist research methodology.” --National Forum Feminist research is increasingly being used in the study of families and close relationships. In keeping with this trend, the contributors skillfully trace how gender has been incorporated into a research program informed by feminist ideas, methods, and ethics. The authors then use these personal statements to reflexively examine their own work, and the work of others, on many of the central topics in the study of families and close relationships--love, caregiving, sexuality, friendship, aging, work/family interaction, violence, and aggression. The end result is both a powerful set of autobiographical essays on the link between each writer and feminist thinking, and an incisive, feminist-informed analysis of many of the subjects integral to the study of families and relationships. Cohesive and insightful, this book will be an essential resource for students and professionals in such areas as family and gender studies, interpersonal relations, sociology, and psychology. “This is a fine volume about how feminist values have shaped some family studies researchers' work at various stages of their development as feminists. Their research journeys are gems. At the journeys' conclusions, I longed for the opportunity to read more and to question the authors further about the puzzles and struggles of their research processes. If you would like to listen in on a conversation about how being or becoming a feminist has shaped the lives and work of numerous family studies social scientists, you should read this book.” --Journal of Marriage and the Family

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