Researching ‘race’ in lesbian space: a critical reflection

Held, Nina (2009) Researching ‘race’ in lesbian space: a critical reflection. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 13 (2). pp. 204-2015. ISSN 1089-4160

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Feminist researchers have acknowledged that racial differences between researcher and researched impact on the research process; however, there has been little concern with how “race” is actually made in/through the research process. If we think “race” as performative and as always in the process of being made then this theoretical claim has crucial implications for research encounters.

In this article the author draws on her own research, which focuses on processes of racialization. This ethnographic study was conducted in two lesbian bars in the North West of England. The article illustrates different ways of how “race,” in particular Whiteness, operated during the research process. The author critically reflects on her role in “race making” during this process and highlights the importance of acknowledging that researchers are also complicit in this making when doing research where “race” is not the central focus.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: methods, “race,” performativity, Whiteness, processes of racialization, ethnography, lesbian bars
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: Nina Held
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2016 09:43
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 06:16

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