Chapter two set out the key elements of a feminist research ethic: (1) attentiveness to power; (2) attentiveness to boundaries of inclusion and exclusion; (3) attentiveness to relationships; and (4) commitment to self-reflection. In this chapter we turn to the research process itself and show how a feminist research ethic can serve as a heuristic device for thinking through and documenting the full range of decisions — planned and unplanned — that the researcher makes over the life of her project. This heuristic helps us attend not only to anticipated and unanticipated ethical dilemmas but also to the more conventional questions of research design, implementation, and analysis in a feminist way. We offer concrete suggestions for: (1) how to think through your research process; (2) how to keep track of your reflections and work throughout the project; and (3) how to show your work to others. We aim to make transparent what every researcher knows — that research is messy. These messy processes need to be conveyed in a non-messy way. Thus, we offer tools for thinking about exposition, too.
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