When My Work is Found Wanting: Power, intersectionality, postcolonialism, and the reflexive feminist researcher
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractFeminist research emerges out of a struggle with power. Ingrained in feminist studies of religion is the identification and dismantling of religious hierarchies and structures that disempower. Feminist scholarship has contended with the essentialist categories of ‘woman’ and ‘women’s experience’ without questioning that its rendering of ‘religion’ and ‘gender’ was premised on and benefited from its own modes of dominance and suppression, conditioned by Western colonialism. Taking up feminist research is a reflexive position that can assist in upsetting the established hierarchies of power and the binary oppositions of researcher and researched, knower and known, political and personal. However, feminist thinking in religion and gender, like the author own, has not always been reflexively attentive to its almost exclusive focus on the relationships between religion and gender and its own power as the product of Western, colonial, secular discourses.
CitationLlewellyn, D. (2022). When my work is found wanting: Power, intersectionality, postcolonialism, and the reflexive feminist researcher. In E. Tomalin & C. Starkey (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of religion, gender, and society (pp. 175-190). Routledge.
DescriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Gender and Society on 31/12/2021, available online: http://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-of-Religion-Gender-and-Society/Starkey-Tomalin/p/book/9781138601901
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