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Contemporary Feminist Research from Theory to Practice

by Patricia Leavy and Anne Harris Guilford Publications
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Exploring the breadth of contemporary feminist research practices, this engaging text immerses the reader in cutting-edge theories, methods, and practical strategies. Chapters review theoretical work from around the globe and describe approaches to conducting quantitative, qualitative, and community-based research with participants; doing content or media analysis; and evaluating programs or interventions. Ethical issues are addressed and innovative uses of digital media highlighted. The focus is studying gender inequities as they are experienced by individuals and groups from diverse cultural, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and with diverse gender identities. Delving into the process of writing and publishing feminist research, the text covers timely topics such as public scholarship, activism, and arts-based practices. Profiles of prominent researchers are supplemented by original video interviews at the companion website.
Pedagogical Features
*Case examples of feminist research.
*Running glossary of key terms.
*Boxes highlighting hot topics and key points for practice
*End-of-chapter discussion questions and activities
*End-of-chapter annotated suggested reading (books, articles, and online resources)
*Sample letters to research participants.
*Appendix of feminist scholars organized by discipline.

I. Feminist Theoretical Frameworks
1. Introduction
2. The Feminist Research Landscape
3. Intersectionality, Feminist Epistemology, and Standpoint Feminism Theoretical Frames
4. Postmodern/Post-Structuralist Theoretical Frames to Feminist Research
II. Feminist Approaches to “Doing Research”
5. Feminist Ethics
6. Feminist Methods for Working Directly with Participants
7. Feminist Methods for Studying Nonliving Data, Organizations, and Programs
III. Being a Feminist Researcher: Getting the Work Out
8. Writing and Publishing Feminist Research
9. Public Scholarship and Critical Perspectives
APPENDIX. Feminist Scholars by Discipline or Area of Study

“This is the new go-to text for feminist researchers at any stage. More than just a handbook, Contemporary Feminist Research from Theory to Practice provides an in-depth consideration of feminist theories, research, and activism, paying close attention to racial, geopolitical, and gender diversities, linkages, and controversies. Students will benefit tremendously from the expansive multimedia and multidisciplinary resources offered in each chapter, as well as the thoughtful discussion questions and activities and clearly defined terms. The book makes a unique contribution to the feminist classroom with its multidisciplinary focus; elegantly interwoven history of feminisms; and strong, accessible articulation of the dynamic and interconnected nature of feminist theory, research, and practice from a variety of perspectives.”


—Barbara Gurr, PhD, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, University of Connecticut



“I have been teaching methods for 25 years, and this text far surpasses any I have used in the past. It is incredibly comprehensive, providing an overview of feminist theory as well as the directions needed to choose and employ various methods.”


—Angela J. Hattery, PhD, Professor and Director, Women and Gender Studies Program, George Mason University
Patricia Leavy, PhD, is an independent sociologist and former Chair of Sociology and Criminology and Founding Director of Gender Studies at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of over 25 books, and the creator and editor of seven book series. Known for her commitment to public scholarship, she is frequently contacted by the U.S. national news media and has regular blogs for The Huffington Post, The Creativity Post,and We Are the Real Deal. She is also co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the journal Art/Research International. Dr. Leavy has received numerous awards for her work in the field of research methods, including the Distinguished Service Outside the Profession Award from the National Art Education Association, the New England Sociologist of the Year Award from the New England Sociological Association, the Special Achievement Award from the American Creativity Association, the Egon Guba Memorial Keynote Lecture Award from the American Educational Research Association Qualitative Special Interest Group, and the Special Career Award from the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. In 2016, Mogul, a global women’s empowerment platform, named her an “Influencer.” The School of Fine and Performing Arts at the State University of New York at New Paltz has established the Patricia Leavy Award for Art and Social Justice in her honor. Dr. Leavy delivers invited lectures and keynote addresses at universities and conferences. Her website is>


Anne M. Harris, PhD, is Associate Professor and Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2017–2021) studying intercultural creativity. She is Honorary Research Fellow at University of Nottingham (United Kingdom) and Adjunct Professor at Monash University (Australia). She conducts research in the areas of gender, creativity, diversity, performance, and emerging digital ethnographies. She has worked as a playwright, teaching artist, and journalist in the United States and Australia. Dr. Harris has authored or coauthored over 60 articles and 13 books on gender and sexuality, creativity, the arts, and non-dominant culture formations. She is the creator and series editor of the Palgrave book series Creativity, Education and the Arts, and recently completed an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award on the commodification of creativity. Her intercultural collaborative arts-based research can be seen at>