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'Don't ask a woman to do another woman's job': gendered interactions and the emotional ethnographer

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posted on 07.02.2013, 10:14 authored by Karen Lumsden
This article contributes to the reflexive turn within the social sciences by arguing for enhanced recognition of the role of gender and emotions in the research process. The chief instrument of research, the ethnographer herself, may alter that which is being studied and may be changed in turn (Golde, 1970). Women may trigger off specific behaviours in male-dominated settings such as the `boy racer' culture. This includes the gender-related behaviours of `sexual hustling' and `sexist treatment' (Gurney, 1985). Ethnographers must adopt a reflexive approach and locate themselves within the ethnography while recognizing the influence of their social position on interactions with the researched and the research itself. An awareness of these interactions does not undermine the data but instead acknowledges that the researcher and the researched are embedded within the research. Hence, they shape the ethnography while also being shaped in turn.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Citation

LUMSDEN, K., 2009. 'Don't ask a woman to do another woman's job': gendered interactions and the emotional ethnographer. Sociology, 43 (3), pp. 497 - 513.

Publisher

Sage © British Sociological Association Publications

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2009

Notes

This article was published in the journal, Sociology [Sage © BSA Publications Ltd] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038509103205

ISSN

0038-0385

eISSN

1469-8684

Language

en