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Griffin, Gabriele, ProfORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-1236-4691
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Mphaphuli, M. & Griffin, G. (2019). 'Ducking, diving and playing along': Negotiating everyday heteroerotic subjectivity in the field. Qualitative Research Journal, 20(1), 34-48
Open this publication in new window or tab >>'Ducking, diving and playing along': Negotiating everyday heteroerotic subjectivity in the field
2019 (English)In: Qualitative Research Journal, ISSN 1443-9883, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 34-48Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore the fieldwork dilemmas a young, female, heterosexual, indigenous South African researching everyday negotiations around heterosexuality within township families encountered in negotiating her own heteroerotic subjectivity within the field. Design/methodology/approach A heterosexuality studies approach is here combined with a critical feminist research methodological perspective. Findings The paper argues that researchers are often unprepared for having to negotiate their erotic subjectivity within the field and that such negotiations can be compromising to the researcher in a variety of ways. Originality/value Little is published on female researchers negotiating their heteroerotic subjectivity in the field. The paper contributes original insights on this from fieldwork carried out by an indigenous heterosexual female researcher in South African townships. It raises important issues about the conduct of fieldwork in (non-)compromising and agentic ways.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2019
Keywords
ethnographic research, feminist methodology, heteroeroticism, negotiating heterosexuality, fieldwork
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-391677 (URN)10.1108/QRJ-03-2019-0029 (DOI)000507365200001 ()
Available from: 2019-08-26 Created: 2019-08-26 Last updated: 2020-03-05Bibliographically approved
Jordal, M., Griffin, G. & Sigurjonsson, H. (2019). 'I want what every other woman has': reasons for wanting clitoral reconstructive surgery after female genital cutting – a qualitative study from Sweden. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 21(6), 701-716
Open this publication in new window or tab >>'I want what every other woman has': reasons for wanting clitoral reconstructive surgery after female genital cutting – a qualitative study from Sweden
2019 (English)In: Culture, Health and Sexuality, ISSN 1369-1058, E-ISSN 1464-5351, Vol. 21, no 6, p. 701-716Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Female genital cutting (FGC) involves the removal of women's external genitalia for non-therapeutic reasons. An estimated 38,000 women living in Sweden have undergone some form of the procedure. These women often belong to marginalised minorities of immigrant women from countries where FGC is widespread. Clitoral reconstructive surgery following FGC has recently been introduced in Sweden. This study investigates women's perceptions of FGC and clitoral reconstructive surgery with a particular focus on: (1) reasons for requesting reconstructive surgery, and (2) FGC-affected women's expectations of the surgery. Seventeen women referred for clitoral reconstructive surgery at the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, participated in the study. Findings revealed five factors motivating women's request for clitoral reconstruction (CR): (1) symbolic restitution - undoing the harm of FGC; (2) repairing the visible stigma of FGC; (3) improving sex and intimacy through physical, aesthetic and symbolic recovery; (4) eliminating physical pain; (5) and CR as a personal project offering hope. These factors were highly interconnected, suggesting that the reasons for seeking surgery were often multiple and complex.

Keywords
Female genital mutilation, Sweden, clitoral reconstruction, female circumcision, female genital cutting
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-368633 (URN)10.1080/13691058.2018.1510980 (DOI)000467733900006 ()30345886 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2018-12-06 Created: 2018-12-06 Last updated: 2019-06-19Bibliographically approved
Griffin, G. (2019). Intersectionalized Professional Identities and Gender in the Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries. Work, Employment and Society, 33(6), 966-982
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Intersectionalized Professional Identities and Gender in the Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries
2019 (English)In: Work, Employment and Society, ISSN 0950-0170, E-ISSN 1469-8722, Work, Employment and Society, Vol. 33, no 6, p. 966-982Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2019
Keywords
Digital Humanities, intersectionalized identities, vacated spaces
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-399959 (URN)10.1177/09500017019856821 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-12-17 Created: 2019-12-17 Last updated: 2020-02-17Bibliographically approved
Griffin, G. & Leibetseder, D. (2019). 'Only Applies to Research Conducted in Sweden...': Dilemmas in Gaining Ethics Approval in Transnational Qualitative Research. International Journal of Qualitative Research
Open this publication in new window or tab >>'Only Applies to Research Conducted in Sweden...': Dilemmas in Gaining Ethics Approval in Transnational Qualitative Research
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Research, ISSN 1609-4069Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-391684 (URN)
Available from: 2019-08-26 Created: 2019-08-26 Last updated: 2019-08-27
Griffin, G. & Leibetseder, D. (2019). "Only Applies to Research Conducted in Sweden horizontal ellipsis ": Dilemmas in Gaining Ethics Approval in Transnational Qualitative Research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 18, Article ID UNSP 1609406919869444.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Only Applies to Research Conducted in Sweden horizontal ellipsis ": Dilemmas in Gaining Ethics Approval in Transnational Qualitative Research
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Methods, ISSN 1609-4069, E-ISSN 1609-4069, Vol. 18, article id UNSP 1609406919869444Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Transnational research funders such as the European Commission and NordForsk increasingly require researchers to conduct transnational research. Yet, there is little research on what this means for seeking ethics approval, not least for qualitative researchers. Much work on ethics approval comes from Canada, the United States, and other Anglophone countries, often in a health-related context, and centers on issues between researchers and research ethics boards (REBs), or on inconsistent or inappropriate decision-making by REBs. Ethical conduct within research has, of course, generated a rich literature but not on gaining ethics approval when conducting qualitative transnational research. Rather, the underlying situation usually is that the research is conducted in the same geopolitical space as where the REB is located. Drawing on two cases studies, in which researchers located in one country, Sweden, sought ethics approval to conduct research in other European countries, we explore some of the challenges that we faced in gaining such approval and provide some suggestions how this process might be made both more efficient and more productive for researchers and research funders alike.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC, 2019
Keywords
ethical inquiry, feminist research, qualitative evaluation, case study, ethnography
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-398846 (URN)10.1177/1609406919869444 (DOI)000482962000001 ()
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020, 749218NordForsk, 81520
Available from: 2019-12-19 Created: 2019-12-19 Last updated: 2019-12-19Bibliographically approved
Saeed, M. & Griffin, G. (2019). Researching a Sensitive Topic in an Unstable Environment: Fieldwork Dilemmas in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Provice of Pakistan. Qualitative Research Journal, 19(3), 248-258
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Researching a Sensitive Topic in an Unstable Environment: Fieldwork Dilemmas in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Provice of Pakistan
2019 (English)In: Qualitative Research Journal, ISSN 1443-9883, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 248-258Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore fieldwork dilemmas for a Pakhtun researcher, educated in the West, to research family or domestic violence in the unstable, hostile environment of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan.

Design/methodology/approach

A gender studies approach is here combined with masculinities studies, and a critical qualitative research methodology is used in this study.

Findings

The paper argues that unstable regions dominated by certain forms of masculinity require specific research approaches when conducting research and addressing a topic that is culturally taboo.

Practical implications

The paper suggests how the insider–outsider dynamic plays out for researchers who come from a particular field and return to it under changed circumstances. It also indicates how a taboo topic in a context where direct questioning is not possible might be approached through the use of vignettes.

Social implications

The paper suggests how the contradictory position of a masculinity, simultaneously bearing traces of the hegemonic and of marginalization, may be negotiated in the field.

Originality/value

Social research on the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan is rarely conducted and reported due to the unrest in this region. The paper thus contributes original insights from fieldwork carried out there. It also contributes to the limited but growing literature on conducting fieldwork in hostile environments.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2019
Keywords
interviewing, domestic violence, family violence, masculinity, sensitive topic, hostile environment, Pakistan
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-381039 (URN)10.1108/QRJ-02-2019-0013 (DOI)000479297800005 ()
Available from: 2019-08-26 Created: 2019-08-26 Last updated: 2019-09-26Bibliographically approved
Griffin, G. (2019). The Times They Are A-Changing: Black and Asian Drama in Britain. Hard Times, 101(2), 90-98
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Times They Are A-Changing: Black and Asian Drama in Britain
2019 (English)In: Hard Times, ISSN 0171-1695, Vol. 101, no 2, p. 90-98Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Keywords
Black theatre, Asian theatre, diasporas culture, ethnic identities
National Category
Cultural Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-393025 (URN)
Available from: 2019-09-13 Created: 2019-09-13 Last updated: 2020-02-26Bibliographically approved
Griffin, G. & Jordal, M. (Eds.). (2018). Body, Migration, Re/Constructive Surgery: Making the Gendered Body in a Globalized World. London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Body, Migration, Re/Constructive Surgery: Making the Gendered Body in a Globalized World
2018 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2018. p. 295
Series
Routledge Research in Gender and Society
Keywords
re/constructive surgery, FGC, clitoral reconstruction, hymen reconstruction, trans surgery
National Category
Surgery
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-365787 (URN)978-0-8153-5419-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-11-13 Created: 2018-11-13 Last updated: 2019-04-24Bibliographically approved
Nyarango, M. & Griffin, G. (2018). Circumsizing the mind, reconstructing the body: Contextualizing genital reconstructive surgery in Burkina Faso. In: Gabriele Griffin and Malin Jordal (Ed.), Body, Migration, Re/Constructive Surgery: Making the Gendered Body in a Globalized World (pp. 121-139). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Circumsizing the mind, reconstructing the body: Contextualizing genital reconstructive surgery in Burkina Faso
2018 (English)In: Body, Migration, Re/Constructive Surgery: Making the Gendered Body in a Globalized World / [ed] Gabriele Griffin and Malin Jordal, London: Routledge, 2018, p. 121-139Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Burkina Faso is one African country that offers reconstructive surgery for circumcised women. 1 Burkinabe government officials, ‘Afropolitan’ health professionals and activists opposing ‘female genital mutilation’ portray these practices as inevitably causing grave problems for women. This message has been largely accepted and is reproduced in urban Burkina Faso. Based on fieldwork in Burkina Faso by the first author, we argue that as currently conceptualized, this official discourse re-victimizes circumcised women by redefining what is natural, healthy, desirable, sexually attractive and marriageable. Yet, as we shall suggest, reconstructive surgery is not readily accessible, successful or, indeed, endorsed. Nonetheless, some Burkinabe women seem to have found a space of fulfilment in their adoption of a worldview which combines Raëlian values, traditional Burkinabe ideals, feminist and other discourses.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2018
Series
Routledge Research in Gender and Society
Keywords
FGC, reconstructive surgery
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-365791 (URN)10.4324/9781351133678 (DOI)000461893900008 ()978-0-8153-5419-2 (ISBN)9781351133661 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-11-13 Created: 2018-11-13 Last updated: 2019-12-06Bibliographically approved
Jordal, M. & Griffin, G. (2018). Clitoral Reconstruction: Understanding Changing Gendered Health Care Needs in a Globalized Europe. The European Journal of Women's Studies, 25(2), 154-167
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Clitoral Reconstruction: Understanding Changing Gendered Health Care Needs in a Globalized Europe
2018 (English)In: The European Journal of Women's Studies, ISSN 1350-5068, E-ISSN 1461-7420, Vol. 25, no 2, p. 154-167Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The migratory flows of recent decades that have exercised Europe as a socio-political and economic entity have produced extensive responses and interventions from European gender scholars. One relatively recent phenomenon in this context is the question of reparative surgical interventions, specifically clitoral reconstruction, in cases where women who have migrated to Europe have experienced female genital cutting. Clitoral reconstruction, which this article begins to explore, is recent in part because the related surgery was only established in the 1990s and is to date only practised in a few European countries, and in part because the research with women who ask for and have undergone such surgery has also only recently begun. This article is therefore an initial attempt to map some of the related terrain and to suggest further work that needs to be done in this increasingly important area.

Keywords
Clitoral reconstruction (CR), female genital cutting (FGC), gendered health care, migration, minority rights
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-339949 (URN)10.1177/1350506817742679 (DOI)000437324700003 ()
Available from: 2018-01-24 Created: 2018-01-24 Last updated: 2019-06-27Bibliographically approved
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