Feminist Everyday Observatory Tool

Authors

Shirin M. Rai
Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development (WICID), University of Warwick
Jacqui True
Monash Gender Peace and Security Centre, Monash University

Synopsis

Studying labour/time is an important research area, which allows us to make sense of the rhythms of everyday life of people in different contexts and societies. It is also a complex task that address the result of the research question, which inquires how and why people spend their time on social reproduction. Answering this question requires a systematic methodology involving both qualitative and quantitative research methods. In this Toolkit we make the argument for bringing  two important methodologies that study the everyday – Time-Use Surveys and Shadowing – to develop an a Feminist Everyday Observatory Tool.

We discuss the strengths of Time-use Survey and Shadowing as methodologies and show where the gaps lie in their design and how to address these. We then introduce a Three Step Method that we have developed through trialling this methodology in four pilot studies – in India, Ukraine, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. We examine the challenges that our Feminist Everyday Observatory Tool method poses for researchers as well as its advantages and suggest that it is an important contribution to the methodological toolkit for researchers of the everyday and of gender structures of time, space, violence and social reproduction.

Author Biographies

Shirin M. Rai, Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development (WICID), University of Warwick

Shirin M. Rai is Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies and the Director of Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development (WICID). She has written extensively on issues of gender, governance and development in journals such as Signs, Hypatia, New Political Economy, International Feminist Journal of Politics and Political Studies.

Jacqui True, Monash Gender Peace and Security Centre, Monash University

Jacqui True, FASSA, is Professor of International Relations and Director of Monash University’s Centre for Gender, Peace and Security. She is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and a Global Fellow, Peace Research Institute (PRIO), Oslo. She received her PhD from York University, Toronto, Canada.

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Published
May 17, 2020