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Data and responsibility: Towards a feminist methodology for producing historical data on women in the contemporary UK film industry

Data and responsibility: Towards a feminist methodology for producing historical data on women in the contemporary UK film industry
Data and responsibility: Towards a feminist methodology for producing historical data on women in the contemporary UK film industry
This paper addresses how feminist interrogations of research methods and knowledge claims have an important role to play in the collection and dispersion of quantitative data. Taking the contemporary film industry as a historical formation, and seeking to identify and understand patterns of continued gendered inequality, we consider the methodological and ethical dilemmas we have experienced as feminist researchers gathering and presenting quantitative data on the numbers of women working in the UK film industry between 2003 and 2015. We argue that data plays a paradoxical role in creating a sense of women’s absence and arrive at a set of guiding principles for feminist quantitative research in film histories.
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Cobb, Shelley
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Wreyford, Natalie
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Cobb, Shelley
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Wreyford, Natalie
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Cobb, Shelley and Wreyford, Natalie (2017) Data and responsibility: Towards a feminist methodology for producing historical data on women in the contemporary UK film industry. Feminist Media Histories, 3 (3), 107-132. (doi:10.1525/fmh.2017.3.3.107).

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This paper addresses how feminist interrogations of research methods and knowledge claims have an important role to play in the collection and dispersion of quantitative data. Taking the contemporary film industry as a historical formation, and seeking to identify and understand patterns of continued gendered inequality, we consider the methodological and ethical dilemmas we have experienced as feminist researchers gathering and presenting quantitative data on the numbers of women working in the UK film industry between 2003 and 2015. We argue that data plays a paradoxical role in creating a sense of women’s absence and arrive at a set of guiding principles for feminist quantitative research in film histories.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 January 2017
Published date: 2017

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Local EPrints ID: 412473
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/412473
ISSN: 2373-7492
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ORCID for Shelley Cobb: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1153-8482

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Date deposited: 17 Jul 2017 13:53
Last modified: 16 Aug 2019 04:01

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Author: Shelley Cobb ORCID iD
Author: Natalie Wreyford

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