n Gender Questions - Jacketed women: Qualitative research methodologies on sexualities and gender in Africa, Jane Bennett and Charmaine Pereira (Eds.) : book review




Do gender researchers approach their subjects differently from the way other researchers approach theirs? Should they conduct their research according to particular ethics and methodologies? These questions have been discussed for decades by scholars such as Sandra Harding, Liz Stanley, Linda Alcoff, Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Gayatri Spivak. The general consensus, which is appropriate for the postmodern academic landscape where decentralisation and micro-knowledge are the order of the day, is that gender research should, itself, be gendered. One of the most important working principles of research into gender is that it should not 'speak for' the research subjects. A more appropriate position for enunciation is, in Trinh T. Minh-ha's words, speaking 'next to' or 'adjacently to' those who are being researched. This involves the researcher placing him/herself on an equal plane of enunciation with the subjects of research and enabling those subjects to be heard equally or perhaps heard even more loudly than the voice of the researcher.


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