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Using the Listening Guide to analyse stories of female entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia: A diffractive methodology

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Natasha Mauthner


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This chapter explores emerging feminist posthumanist philosophies of science and their implications for methodological practice in the field of gender and management. First, we discuss feminist posthumanist philosophies of science and the ‘diffractive’ methodology that Barad, building on Haraway, proposes for its enactment. Second, we explore how this diffractive methodology reconfigures our philosophical understanding of research methods in the social sciences, and discuss Mauthner’s (2016) concept and practice of ‘diffractive genealogies’ as a means of enacting posthumanist research. Third, we outline the Listening Guide method and how Alkhaled used it to analyse stories of 13 female entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia. Fourth, we present a diffractive genealogy of the Listening Guide. Fifth, we provide guiding questions for undertaking diffractive genealogies of research methods.

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Author(s): Mauthner NS, Alkhaled S

Editor(s): Stead, V; Elliott, C; Mavin, S

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Handbook of Research Methods on Gender and Management

Year: 2021

Pages: 295-311

Print publication date: 04/10/2021

Acceptance date: 07/02/2021

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

Place Published: Cheltenham, UK


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ISBN: 9781788977920