ERIC Number: EJ862663
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
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Gender, Narratives and Intersectionality: Can Personal Experience Approaches to Research Contribute to "Undoing Gender"?
Cole, Barbara Ann
International Review of Education, v55 n5-6 p561-578 Nov 2009
This paper examines narrative methodologies as one approach to exploring issues of gender, education and social justice and, particularly, insights into "undoing gender". It furthermore examines the possibilities of exploring gender and its multiple intersections in a range of global and policy contexts through the use of personal experience approaches. The "storying" of lived experience is examined as a means of challenging dominant discourses which can construct and "other" individuals and groups in relation to many aspects of gender and education. Drawing on intersectionality, as a complex and developing feminist theory, the paper considers ways in which narrative can illuminate often hidden complexities while seeking to avoid generalisations and essentialisms. The difficulties of using narrative in relation to these aims are explored in the light of the warnings of feminist writers such as Michele Fine and bell hooks. The paper briefly considers narrative as both methodology and phenomenon, and finally, drawing on critical discourse analysis, discusses the potential of intersectionality and narrative in relation to undoing gender.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Feminism, Discourse Analysis, Educational Change, Personal Narratives, Research Methodology, Gender Bias, Gender Issues, Epistemology, Phenomenology, Sex Fairness
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Education Level: Adult Education
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