Feminist Methodology and Rural Research: Reflections on a Study of an Australian Agricultural Organisation
Article first published online: 14 NOV 2003
Volume 43, Issue 4, pages 418–433, October 2003
How to Cite
Pini, B. (2003), Feminist Methodology and Rural Research: Reflections on a Study of an Australian Agricultural Organisation. Sociologia Ruralis, 43: 418–433. doi: 10.1046/j.1467-9523.2003.00253.x
- Issue published online: 14 NOV 2003
- Article first published online: 14 NOV 2003
This paper describes a feminist doctoral research project undertaken to examine women's leadership in the Australian sugar industry. My purpose is three-fold. Firstly, I seek to bridge the theoretical and the practical by documenting the 'what' and 'how' of a feminist research project within rural sociology. To do so, I explore five principles which guided my approach to undertaking a feminist study. These were: focusing on gender, valuing women's experiences, rejecting the split between subject and object, emphasising personal empowerment and acting for political change. Secondly, I aim to highlight some of the difficulties and dilemmas such an approach brought and describe some of my attempts to work through these tensions. Thirdly, I seek to open up further debate and dialogue on the question of feminist research in rural sociology.