Adv. Research Methodologies

Research, notes, & reflections for my independent study class on Advanced Research Methodologies for my dissertation, occurring in Fall 2012.

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Moar diss bluuuuz! (e.g.: cultural ritual change)

Up to this point in my life, when I wrote papers for school I could usually hold the whole thing in my head as a sort of conceptual template. I’d write that down, then look up actual quotes I had in mind from specific books, so as to prove my points. This works fine for…

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Field notes on disturbing ethical questions, part 2

Just as the worrying realities of Field notes on disturbing ethical questions, part 1 are starting to really register as I read, there’s a quote in the book that hits me hard: Because feminism has challenged the pose of neutrality and objectivity that for so long governed positivist social science, it has forced us to…

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Field notes on disturbing ethical questions, part 1

I’m eating lunch and reading one of my methodology books and scaring myself. It’s Feminist Research Practice: A Primer, 2nd edition. Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber is the editor. Don’t get me wrong — it’s an excellent book full of really well-written articles on precisely the things I should be considering in order to write a good…

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Is it just me, or is it always easier to remember the disparaging things you’ve heard about yourself? For that matter, why is it always so hard to remember the good things you know are true about yourself? I know I’m intelligent, and I have friends I trust who have given me many sincere compliments…

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Journaling on selecting methodologies, pt. 2

To continue from yesterday, my gut feeling is that if I’m truly, reflectively performing a women’s spirituality methodology, then I should already be integrating much of what is of value in these transformative methodological frameworks. I think, however, it would be respectful to note when I am specifically “calling out” some related aspect of these…

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Journaling on selecting methodologies, pt. 1

I think best when writing. I am, therefore, considering methodologies for writing future papers, and simultaneously doing a quick review of them. This should aid me in both improving my vocabulary (as in much use of unfamiliar terms will assist me in becoming more comfortable with them), and in familiarizing myself with the various methodologies….

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More methodologies nattering

Journaling for one of my classes; this likely won’t be very interesting unless you’re into feminist methodological and epistemological questions. Fair warning! ;)   I’ve now had some time to read through and mentally digest the Hesse-Biber article from her book Feminist Research. This clarified methods and methodology, and I’ve implemented some of her definitions…

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Advanced Research Methodologies journaling

I dedicated most of this week to (amongst other things) catching up on the readings for this class, so I could start on the required reflection paper as soon as possible. Here are the readings to date for all those intellectual sadists who are following along: Chapter 1 of Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber & Patricia Lina…