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ERIC Number: EJ953179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
White Women Speak, Black Women Write: The Politics of Locution and Location in the Other Researching the Not Other
Pillay, Venitha
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v24 n6 p657-672 2011
This paper scrutinizes a rare methodological moment when I found myself, an unseasoned black woman scholar, researching the lives of three white women. In this reflective process, I make a single point: that the locution of race is limiting if it persists in being a point of struggle for marginalized scholars. In so doing, I distinguish between race as the site "of" intellectual engagement and race as a point "from which" to engage in scholarship. I begin with a brief explanation of how I came to take the decision to research three white women and of (dis)locating myself as other to the respondents. I then examine my actions in the context of concerns raised by other black scholars in their engagement with the academic establishment. Finally, I draw on the works of feminist scholars and argue that politicized and strategic understandings of otherness can potentially create challenging means for intellectual activism. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa