Some Spatial Politics of Queer-Feminist Research: Personal Reflections From the Field

Chen Misgav

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Abstract

This article addresses methodological issues emerging from research conducted with Trans in the Center, an LGBT activist group in Tel Aviv, Israel. It addresses some complex issues related to the politics and ethics of applying queer and feminist methodology to qualitative research in a trans, queer, and feminist community space. The focus is on two issues: the researcher’s positionality vis-à-vis the participants and selecting the appropriate methodology in relation to the characteristics of the group under study. Such issues demonstrate how queer and feminist principles are articulated and interwoven in geographical-spatial research in two different dimensions: in the research practice and methodology and in the practices and the spaces created by the activity of the researched group itself. I conclude with insights arising from the attempt to apply feminist and queer paradigms in both theory and research, and I call for their integration into geographical research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719-739
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Volume63
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 May 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Feminist methodology
  • israel
  • positionality
  • qualitative research
  • queer methodology
  • spatial politics and ethics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology (all)

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