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Challenging methods, methodological challenges

MIND THE GULP: EXPERIENCES OF A FEMINIST RESEARCHING MEN'S ACCOUNTS OF USING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN

4 September 2014

This presentation examines the challenges, tensions and contradictions of conducting feminist research with men who had been violent towards women and children. Quantitative and qualitative data gathered from in‐depth interviews with 17 Australian men participating in a men’s behaviour-change program is the research base for this presentation. Unlike the bulk of child protection research and practice – which scrutinises mothering and focuses on how domestic violence impacts on attachment with the mother – the research spotlights the substantive issue of men’s domestic violence and its impact on all aspects of family life. Given the lack of research in this area generally, and feminist research in particular, this presentation will focus on my experiences of navigating largely unchartered waters. Conducting this research destabilised many of my taken-for-granted assumptions about social research including the nature of truth, objectivity and neutrality; the relationship between researchers and participants; and the impact of emotions in the research process. Notwithstanding these challenges, arguments for increasing feminist research with men who use violence against women and children will be discussed

Event details


Challenging methods, methodological challenges: experiences of a feminist researching men's accounts of using violence against women and children

Where Room 638, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
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When

4 September 2014


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