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Uncertain Ethics: Researching Civil War In Sudan

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This chapter investigates the methodological and ethical considerations for a study of young women, examining gender, sexuality, 'culture', and power as a means of scrutinizing the trope of 'the nation' in Zimbabwe. 'Women's experience' is a particularly meaningful way to examine the constitution of both 'the nation' and 'culture'. Using feminist appropriations of standpoint theory, the chapter interrogates the usefulness of 'experience', or perhaps 'shared experience' as a view point from which to conduct social research. It offers a combination of feminist standpoint theory and feminist postmodernism, with a focus on both experience and discourse as a solution to this epistemological ethical dilemma. Departing from the same ethical viewpoint, the chapter elaborates on being both the 'outsider within' as well as a participant within this proposed research. Additionally, it explores potential research methods in light of this discussion.

Keywords:gender; sexuality; Zimbabwe



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