ERIC Number: ED481584
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
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Oppositional Feminist Ethnography: What Does it Have To Offer Adult Education?
Oppositional feminist ethnography does have something to offer those in adult education. Because adult educators adhere to a mission of social justice, concern over issues of power, knowledge construction, positionality, identity, and voice have become more prevalent. Although discourses dealing with equity are increasing, those in the field still lack research methodologies for countering the depth and breadth of social inequities in society. Oppositional feminist ethnography may be a mode of analysis that begins to fill the gap. First, through its oppositional stance and contextual application, it offers a methodological framework with the potential to break normative bounds and incorporate multiple layers of complexity, freeing individuals from the boxes of certainty in which they work. Second, it gives a methodological grounding for using the more disruptive discourse of post-colonialism, post-structuralism, post-modernism, and high modernism and strategies to use these theories. Third, use of these theories as multiple lenses of analysis encourages proliferation of difference and shattering of totalities. Fourth, as the notion of power is embedded in the discourse and not analyzed solely in isolation, oppositional feminist ethnography extends beyond a binary analysis of power to a multidimensional analysis. Finally, it offers a mode of analysis that shifts the attention of adult education as a technical problem to that of a social problem. (Contains 17 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Consciousness Raising, Discourse Analysis, Empowerment, Epistemology, Ethnography, Females, Feminist Criticism, Individual Power, Modernism, Political Power, Postmodernism, Power Structure, Research Methodology, Self Actualization, Sex Discrimination, Sex Fairness, Social Problems
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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