ERIC Number: EJ719864
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 24
Narrative Research and Feminist Knowing: A Poststructural Reading of Women's Learning in Community Organizations
English, Leona M.
McGill Journal of Education, v40 n1 p143-155 Win 2005
This paper reports on qualitative research with 8 board members and 8 directors of women's social action organizations. A poststructural reading of the narrative data gives voice to an undertheorized aspect of humanist relational learning in women's organizations and makes visible the power-relationships. The power relationships are explored and shown to be an integral part of how women learn and lead, challenging the usual reading of women as kind, caring and uncomplicated. Through the medium of narrative, this research explores women's learned practices of resistance, and offers a paradoxical view of relational learning that attends to the ethic of care as well as to power relations. Implications for the education of women are drawn.
Descriptors: Social Action, Females, Qualitative Research, Community Organizations, Personal Narratives, Power Structure, Womens Education, Feminism, Interviews, Foreign Countries
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