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Feel-bad moments: Unpacking the complexity of class, gender and whiteness when studying ‘up’
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9889-9004
2018 (English)In: The European Journal of Women's Studies, ISSN 1350-5068, E-ISSN 1461-7420Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Intimacy, shared experiences and evening out the power relations between researcher and the participants play an important role in feminist methodology. However, as highlighted in previous research on studying ‘up’, such methods might not be appropriate when studying privileged groups. Therefore, studying privileged women challenges fundamental assumptions in feminist methodology. When researching privileged women, the assumption that the researcher is almost always in a superior position within the research process becomes more complicated. The article seeks to contribute to the feminist methodological literature on how to study privileged groups by exploring how class, gender and whiteness are produced in three fieldwork situations with women who hold privileges in a postcolonial and capitalist landscape. Drawing on interviews and participant observations with white Swedish migrant women, the article argues that researchers need to turn the problems, fears and feelings of being uncomfortable into important data, in order to study privileged groups of women.

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2018.
Keyword [en]
Class, gender, methodology, privileged migrants, studying ‘up’, whiteness
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34841DOI: 10.1177/1350506818762232Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85044528520OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-34841DiVA, id: diva2:1197482
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Re-integrating Swedishness: The Politics of Belonging among returning Swedish migrant women
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Swedish Research Council, 421-2013-900
Available from: 2018-04-13 Created: 2018-04-13 Last updated: 2018-04-13Bibliographically approved

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