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Gender experts and critical friends: research in relations of proximity

Holvikivi, Aiko ORCID: 0000-0001-7901-1105 (2019) Gender experts and critical friends: research in relations of proximity. European Journal of Politics and Gender, 2 (1). 131 - 147. ISSN 2515-1088

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Identification Number: 10.1332/251510819X15471289106068


Research on gender expertise is often conducted from relations of proximity between academics and gender experts, raising familiar feminist methodological questions about the researcher–researched relationship. In this article, I take up the suggestion that such relationships should be guided by the principles of 'critical friendship'. I argue that critical friendship should be understood as a two-way relationship that creates space to negotiate the goals of gender expertise and how it is practised. I also caution that relations of critical friendship may cause researchers to privilege the perspectives of Global North gender experts in academic analyses, while silencing other voices.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2019 European Conference on Politics and Gender and Bristol University Press
Divisions: Gender Studies
IGA: Centre for Women Peace and Security
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2020 15:03
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:43

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