Feminist research in the public domain - Risks and recommendations
Abbreviated Journal Title
public sociology; fairy tales; feminist research; gender; backlash; SOCIOLOGY; MEDIA; OPINION; POWER; Sociology; Women's Studies
This article offers a feminist perspective on public sociology that suggests that the potential risks of going public with feminist sociological research are more pervasive and serious than proponents of public sociologies have previously acknowledged. At the same time, the promise of public sociologies for furthering feminist goals has been largely untapped. Here, the authors recount their own experience with widely publicized research that, while neither unique nor typical, serves to highlight potential risks of making feminist sociological research public. Feminist scholars must be made aware of these risks as feminist research, which challenges existing gender inequalities and arrangements, is especially likely to encounter negative public reaction. The authors recommend collective and conscientious attention to both the medium and the message. The perspective on public sociologies presented here can help further the goals of public sociology and holds special promise for feminist sociologists who seek effective ways to promote social change.
Gender & Society
"Feminist research in the public domain - Risks and recommendations" (2007). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 7180.