Exploring the Dynamics of Situated Emotionality in Feminist Standpoint Epistemology

Quaid, Sheila and Wilcock, Angela (2016) Exploring the Dynamics of Situated Emotionality in Feminist Standpoint Epistemology. In: BSA Post Graduate Forum Closer to Home: Emotional Dilemmas in Research., 15 May 2016, London School of Economics. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In this paper we reflect on our use of feminist standpoint epistemology as a methodological framework in our doctoral research. We reflect on the merits of standpoint logic and suggest that it provides a robust and methodological framework of scientific enquiry however, questions are raised about the lack of attention, and the consequences of emotionality. Drawing on two different theses; one on help-seeking in response to domestic violence and the other on lesbian motherhood we seek to illustrate how the positioning of ourselves raised questions about emotionality in the fieldwork. The dynamics of this process led us into unchartered waters, challenging our positioning through inter-subjectivity and reflexive practice. This raised further questions on how to position and voice the dynamics of situational emotion. Questions for further consideration also emerged around limitations regarding the emotion produced in our work.

KEY WORDS
Standpoint epistemology/ methodology/ positionality/ inter-subjectivity/ reflexivity/ emotionalisation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Social Sciences > Health and Social Care
Social Sciences > Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Education and Society
Depositing User: Sheila Quaid
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2017 08:12
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2017 08:12
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/7678

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