Feminist methodology and rural research: Reflections on a study of an Australian agricultural organisation

Feminist methodology and rural research: Reflections on a study of an Australian agricultural organisation Journal Article

Sociologia Ruralis

  • Author(s): Pini, B.
  • Published: 2003
  • Volume: 43

Abstract: This paper describes a feminist doctoral research project undertaken to examine women's leadership in the Australian sugar industry. My purpose is three-fold. Firstly, I seek to bridge the theoretical and the practical by documenting the 'what' and 'how' of a feminist research project within rural sociology. To do so, I explore five principles which guided my approach to undertaking a feminist study. These were: focusing on gender, valuing women's experiences, rejecting the split between subject and object, emphasising personal empowerment and acting for political change. Secondly, I aim to highlight some of the difficulties and dilemmas such an approach brought and describe some of my attempts to work through these tensions. Thirdly, I seek to open up further debate and dialogue on the question of feminist research in rural sociology.

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Pini, B., 2003, Feminist methodology and rural research: Reflections on a study of an Australian agricultural organisation, Volume:43, Journal Article, viewed 07 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4134.

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