Researching with marginalised communities ethically: Contradictions in ‘doing’ feminist research

This month’s seminar was delivered by Sana Rizvi, who explored the contradictions of ‘doing’ feminist research, and how the materiality of engaging in fieldwork magnifies the gap between ‘ideal’ versus ‘actual’ feminist ways of conducting research. Drawing on her doctoral research with British-Pakistani mothers of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities, she explored the ethical, and methodological challenges of engaging with feminist methodology and how this contributes value to the research process when working with marginalised groups. In the talk, she examined feminist principles for engaging in research and showed that traditional feminist methods may not always be more ethical, and that as feminist researchers we must be willing to adopt a holistic view of feminist values, where vulnerability of researcher and participants are both respected and where methodology is adjusted accordingly.

A recording of Sana’s talk is available via Panopto, here.

The accompanying paper is at:

Rizvi, S. (2017) Exploring British Pakistani mothers’ perception of their child with disability: insights from a UK context. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 17: 87–97. doi:10.1111/1471-3802.12111