ERIC Number: ED337816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Follow Us into Our World: Feminist Scholarship on the Communication of Women of Color.
In the highly competitive, racist milieu of the academy, even feminist scholars, anxious to advance their own careers, can be lured into ethnocentric research practices that exploit, rather than honor or illumine, the communication of women of color. Before feminist scholars write about such communication, they should seek to answer questions that will enable them to write sensitively, thoughtfully, and respectfully. These questions ask what scholars must know in order to examine and interpret the communicative lives of women of color, and whether they should assume that gender, unlike other aspects of social life, is not shaped by ethnic culture, or that the meanings of manhood and womanhood are separable from being Asian-American or Native American. Most published research on gender and communication (based on the assumptions and processes of traditional, non-feminist research) is characterized by the omission, erasure, or distortion of the experience of women of color. Two strategies for productive research on the communication of women of color are: (1) making women's ethnic culture the central organizing concept for feminist theory and research; and (2) following women of color into their world not just intellectually but physically and emotionally. Feminist scholars can avoid ethnocentrism if they develop theories, research questions, and methods of inquiry that allow the perspectives of women of color to guide the interpretations of their communication. (Fifty references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Feminist Scholarship
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (Tampa, FL, April 3-7, 1991).