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“As the backlash against feminist research continues unabated, this important volume signals no retreat. Bringing together the foremost international researchers in the area of violence against women, Researching Sexual Violence Against Women offers excellent assessments of the dimensions of date rape-particularly on college campuses. Reasons why this form of violence against women has provoked such intense responses as well as new methodologies are thoroughly explored. Finally, the work examines the impact this research has on those who do it and calls for more work on women's victimization and the links between it and other forms of discrimination.” – Meda Chesney-Lind, Women's Studies Program, University of Hawaii–Manoa A remarkable introduction to research in the field, Researching Sexual Violence Against Women provides cutting-edge information on the various ...

Activist Research and Social Narratives: Dialectics of Power, Privilege, and Institutional Change
Activist research and social narratives: Dialectics of power, privilege, and institutional change
SusanK.Hippensteele

Prestige and power are institutional phenomena …

Like most social scientists, my graduate education taught me to value objectivity in scientific practice. I learned that to acknowledge a personal investment in the outcome of my research was tantamount to admitting a flawed methodology. (I somehow knew better than to ask who might undertake a study of rape, violence, or any other social problem without any personal stake in the results.)

My current role as a victim's advocate does not allow me to position myself as a naive observer when conducting research. However, my role does provide me a measure of freedom most sexual ...

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