Doing Contemporary Womanist Research
A Black Female Scholar's Perspective
Author(s): Jan Etienne
Explore the challenges and opportunities experienced by Black women when conducting anti-racist qualitative research in higher education.
ISBN 9781915271518





What can we learn from Black women in the context of scholarly research?

For the feminist ethnographic researcher, conducting effective fieldwork presents many challenges in an unequal world. For the Black womanist researcher, such challenges are exacerbated by invisibility. Written for scholars and activists working towards gender and race equality in higher education, this book explores the experiences of one such researcher, drawing on her lived experience of engaging with collaborative research approaches aimed at improving Black lives.

Including case studies such as Using Black Feminist theory as a methodological frame – a womanist perspective, Contemporary womanist methods of data collection, and Black womanist approaches to analysing qualitative research, this book is ideal reading for ethnographic researchers as well as students of Black studies, gender studies, womanist studies, anthropology, and sociology.

Jan Etienne PhD is Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck, part of the University of London in the UK. She is a Womanist researcher, Chair of the Womanism, Activism and Higher Education Research Network, and teaches on the MSc Education, Power, and Social Change programme in the Department of Psychosocial Studies.

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