1st Edition

Emergent Writing Methodologies in Feminist Studies

Edited By Mona Livholts Copyright 2012
    226 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    242 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Contemporary challenges for seeking new knowledge in feminist studies are intimately intertwined with methodological renewal that promotes justice and equality in changing global contexts. Written by some of the leading scholars in their fields, this edited collection focuses on the emergence of writing methodologies in feminist studies and their implications for the study of power and change.

    The book explores some of the central politics, ideas, and dimensions of power that shape and condition knowledge, at the same time as it elaborates critical, embodied, reflective and situated writing practices. By bringing together a variety of multi/transdisciplinary contributions in a single collection, the anthology offers a timely and intellectually stimulating contribution that deals with how new forms of writing research can contribute to promote fruitful analysis of inequality and power relations related to gender, racialisation, ethnicity, class and heteronormativity and their intersections. It also includes the complex relationship between author, text and audiences.

    The intended audience is postgraduates, researchers and academics within feminist and intersectionality studies across disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The book is excellent as literature in feminist studies courses and helpful guidance for teaching writing sessions and workshops.

    Introduction: Contemporary Untimely Post/Academic Writings: Transforming the Shape of Knowledge in Feminist Studies  Mona Livholts  Part I: Politics, Ideas, Thinkers  1. Leaks and Leftovers: Reflections on the Practice and Politics of Style in Feminist Academic Writing  Annelie Bränström Öhman  2. Medusa’s Laughter and the Hows and Whys of Writing According to Hélène Cixous  Sissel Lie  3. Masquerades of Love: Biographical and Autobiographical Explorations of Self-Invention with/in Hannah Arendt’s Rahel Varnhagen  Kathleen B. Jones  Part II: Privilege, Power and Subjugated Knowledge  4. Interrogating Privileged Subjectivities: Reflections on Writing Personal Accounts of Privilege  Bob Pease  5. Political Terrains of Writing Belonging, Memory and Homeland  Barzoo Eliassi  6. Colonialism and the Emergence of Hope: The Use of Creative Non-Fiction to Reflect on a Society in Transformation  James Arvanitakis  7. Writing Against Postcolonial Imaginations: The White Race for a Weakening Patriarchy  Jessica H. Jönsson  Part III: Imaginative and Poetic Spaces, Readers and Audiences  8. A Performative Mode of Writing Place: Out and About the Rosenlund Park, Stockholm, 2008-2010  Katja Grillner  9. The Road to Writing: An Ethno(Bio)Graphic Memoir  Ulrika Dahl  10. Sensitive Studies, Sensitive Writings: Poetic Tales of Sexuality in Sports  Heidi Eng  11. Figurative Fragments of a Politics of Location in Desire  Ulrika Dahl and Hanna Hallgren  12. Writing as Intimate Friends … How Does Writing Profeminist Research Become Methodologically Challenging?  Jeff Hearn


    Mona Livholts is Associate Professor of Social Work and Research Fellow of Social Work with an orientation towards gender at Mid Sweden University, Sweden.

    "Powerful, passionate, analytical Emergent Writing Methodologies in Feminist Studies locates itself at the crossroads between social science and the humanities, between the understanding, the writing and the doing of the social, between self and society. A path-breaking contribution to methodological debates that cautiously explores the politics of writing, the art of dialogue and the difficult but vital scholarly connections between writing, analysis and the emergence of alternative notions of social justice."

    - Diana Mulinari, Professor in Gender Studies and Sociology, Centre for Gender Studies, Lund University, Sweden.

    "I’ve waited a long time for a book as clear and powerful as this to be written: its quiet confidence affirms the achievements of gender studies in recent years and the contribution feminism has made across the disciplines: challenging procedural norms and questioning the limits of knowledge by inventing relational methodologies and hybrid genres. All these exciting qualities are to be found in this elegant collection of essays, where conceptual and critical rigor is blended with emotion – surprising, affecting, touching … It is so hard to discuss issues of intellectual process in ways that engage and excite, and raise further possibilities for imagining yet new approaches, yet this is exactly what these marvelous essays do, speaking in multiple voices across the spectrum of feminist academic writing today."

    - Jane Rendell, Professor in Architecture and Art, Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London, UK.