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Elite Women as Strangers : A Phenomenology for Interdisciplinary Studies

Magazine article
Authors Ulla M Holm
Mia Liinason
Published in Projektrapport redigerad av Gabriele Griffin
Pages 31
Publication year 2007
Published at Department of Gender Studies
Pages 31
Language en
Keywords fenomenologi, immigration, Hannah Arendt, Dorothy Smith
Subject categories Gender Studies, Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified, History and Archaeology


In this article, we will outline why we want to take part in the development of a phenomenology for interdisciplinary studies on gender and migration and what we will use for such a development. Then we provide a brief historical account of phenomenologists who have contributed to the phenomenological movement that started at the beginning of the 20th century. We will focus on critical phenomenology as an approach and methodology rather than on its different research methods and will draw especially on what Hannah Arendt and Dorothy E Smith may contribute to metho¬dological considerations. Such an approach seems to have a renaissance today. Qualitative research methods, especially as they have developed historically within the social sciences, are often understood to be interpretative and post-phenomenological. The qualitative research methods that are explicitly called ‘phenomenological’ today resemble unstructured depth interviews, ethnography, participant observations, ethnomethodological and post-structural discourse analyses etc which are discussed more thoroughly in othercontributions to this project. Therefore the article moves from a phenomenological framework via methodological reflections to a couple of textually based examples, one from the humanities and the other from the social sciences.

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