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Review: Carol A.B. Warren & Jennifer Kay Hackney (2000). Gender Issues in Ethnography

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Review: Nicole Westmarland Carol A. B. Warren & Jennifer Kay Hackney (2000). Gender Issues in Ethnography (Sage University Papers Series on Qualitative Research Methods – Vol. 9, 2nd edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 76 pages, Cloth (ISBN 0 7619 1716 0) £18.99, Paper (ISBN 0 7619 1717 9) £9.99 Table of Contents 1. Content Overview 2. Critical Review 3. Evaluation Reference Author Citation 1. Content Overview This second edition of Gender Issues in Ethnography follows the earlier edition (titled "Gender Issues in Field Research", published in 1988) and provides a useful, well written introduction to the topic. This edition contains updated information published since the first edition, most notably postmodernism, the body, and interviewing. Both authors are based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Kansas, where Carol WARREN is Professor of Sociology and Jennifer HACKNEY is a PhD candidate. In this book they aim to provide an empirical, rather than theoretical, summary of the issues surrounding gender and fieldwork, and expand by drawing on their own experiences as female ethnographers. The book investigates issues such as the politics of research, research relationships and roles, and the effects of gender on gaining and maintaining access in fieldwork. A commitment to challenging the androcentricity of past ethnographers is visible throughout the book and it is clear that the authors challenge these norms within their own research. [1] As a female researcher I felt a connection with the empirical examples WARREN and HACKNEY used and they helped me realise that others have had similar gendered experiences while carrying out fieldwork. They discuss issues facing female ethnographers that are seldom acknowledged in traditional "malestream" textbooks. Importantly, they highlight the threat of sexual assault and/or harassment while carrying out research and draw on examples from female researchers who have described their experiences. It

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