Examples Of Feminist Ethnography

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Thick description Observation is a systematic approach of data collection. Researchers use different methods to understand people behavior in natural way. As I complete my assignment on the observation in the library. My first goal in this assignment was to observe something where I "really expected something to happen." Linnaeus University 's library is a big library. It has three floors. There are number of staff members who always help to the students to find different books as well as to use the computers. All of the university students come here. Some students come here to take books for reading at home and some students prefer to read the books in the library. Every kind of students can be found here for example some students are …show more content…

Feminist ethnography was chiefly concerned with women; it was about, by and for women. It involved giving voice to marginalized women whose experiences had rarely been represented or understood. Feminist ethnographers try to move beyond a separation of victimhood, recognizing that choice and constraint are intertwined in women’s lives. At the end of 1980s, debates emerged that feminist ethnography as a productive methodology and these debates still haunt feminist ethnography today. For example, in 1990, Lila Abu Lughod’s article entitled “Can There Be a Feminist Ethnography?” I am taking an example from the book “Do Muslim Women Need Saving.” In this book Lila Abu Lughod observed the problems of Muslim women which she faced in her community. “One young woman I know has marital difficulties. Her husband is violent when he drinks. Why does he drink in a community where it is wrong? Because he’s been part of the tourism industry and has mixed with foreigners since he was young in this extremely poor region of Egypt. He, like some other local men, has also had a twenty year relationship with a much older European woman who helps support him. Another complication also has to do with poverty: she’s a poor relation and his marriage to her was meant as a kind of protection and gift. So there are bonds of attachment that keep her there. Also, she has two small kids now and her family is too poor to support her and them if she leaves her husband. She’s stuck. Her husband leaves her for long times. And when he comes back, he torched her. So we don’t know what part mental illness plays in the marital troubles. Other women in the village understand that she wants a family life, just like they do, even though this is often not smooth.” Lila Abu Lughod argues that we need to be vigilant against

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