1st Edition

Intersectional Feminist Research Methodologies Applications in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Edited By Jennifer Cooke, Line Nyhagen Copyright 2025
    238 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Feminist Intersectional Research Methodologies: Applications in the Social Sciences and Humanities is a multi-disciplinary volume in which emerging and established scholars present new feminist research methods and re-evaluates existing approaches.

    This collection examines how both new and established feminist methods address intersecting identities and structures of inequality including gender, race, sexuality, and class. Each chapter provides a case study of a methodology or methodologies that they have adopted, developed, or adapted within their field – including sociology, criminology, political science, history, literature, and performance studies. The volume articulates the importance of knowledge production that arises from the situated and lived experiences of individuals, groups, and communities. It discusses how we survive as feminists in today’s neoliberal universities, and includes research on trans and nonbinary people, Indonesian history and the #MeToo movement, world-literature from the Philippines, memory work, and crime on the London transport network. The contributors engage with intersectionality in different ways but collectively they demonstrate the pervasiveness of intersectional thinking and practice in feminist scholarship today.

    Feminist Intersectional Research Methodologies will be of value to both undergraduate and graduate students conducting research, as well as doctoral researchers and more established feminist researchers.

    List of Contributors




    Jennifer Cooke and Line Nyhagen


    1. Living and Researching Embodied Intersectionality

    Heidi Safia Mirza in conversation with Line Nyhagen


    2. The Play’s the Thing: Using Creative Methods to Place Trans and Queer Knowledge-making Centre Stage

    Harvey Humphrey


    3. Decolonising Feminism and Feminist Decolonialism: The Case of #MeToo in Indonesia

    Soe Tjen Marching


    4. Understanding Sexual Harassment on Public Transport through Feminist Epistemologies and Rhythmanalysis

    Sian Lewis


    5. On the Creation of New Ecological Writing

    Alycia Pirmohamed in conversation with Jennifer Cooke


    6. Memory Work as a Collaborative Intersectional Feminist Research Method

    Line Nyhagen and Jackie Goode


    7. Aging, Care, and Women’s Work: A World-Systems Feminist Approach to Filipina Literature

    Jennifer Cooke and Demi Wilton


    8. Becoming a Strongwoman: An Auto/ethnographic Study of the Pursuit of Strength, Power, and Gender Aesthetics

    Hannah Newman


    9. The Archival is Personal is Political: Historiography, the Archive and Feminist Research Methods

    Charlotte Riley


    10. Conducting Survey Research While A Feminist: Taking Intersectional and Decolonial Approaches

    Shan-Jan Sarah Liu


    11. Close Reading: Critical Feminist Method and Pedagogical Process

    Sophia Kier-Byfield


    12. Cultivating a ‘Feminist Reflexive Sensibility’ in Social Research: A Re-evaluation of Reflexivity and Intersectionality in the Neoliberal Academy

    Karen Lumsden


    13. Location, Contradiction, Ambivalence: Feminist Methodologies Within and Beyond the University

    Olive Demar





    Jennifer Cooke is Reader in Contemporary Literature and Theory at Loughborough University, UK. Her most recent books include Contemporary Feminist Life-Writing: The New Audacity (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and the edited collection The New Feminist Literary Studies (CUP, 2020).

    Line Nyhagen is Professor of Sociology at Loughborough University, UK, and Adjunct Professor at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, Norway. She has authored the books Religion, Gender and Citizenship: Women of Faith, Gender Equality and Feminism (Palgrave, 2016) and Majority-Minority Relations in Contemporary Women’s Movements: Strategic Sisterhood (Palgrave, 2012).