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Queer Methods in Sociology

D'Lane Compton (Editor), Tey Meadow (Editor), Kristen Schilt (Editor)

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Paperback, 327 pages
ISBN: 9780520289277
July 2018
$29.95, £24.00
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In a field that has only recently begun embracing queer methods and theory, this powerful and provocative collection showcases emerging and established sociologists of LGBTQ communities reflecting on their experiences as researchers and teachers. Located within the critical conversation of being “queer” and respectfully conducting research within the community, Other, Please Specify presents an array of experiences, insights, and approaches to a new generation of students and sociologists, revealing the power of investigations of the social world. With contributions from sociologists who have helped define queer studies in the field, this volume charts new directions in how to conduct sexuality research. Utilizing a range of interpretative and statistical methods, it offers methodological advice and practical strategies in research design and execution, all with the intent of getting queer research off the ground and building a collaborative community within this emerging subfield. 

Introduction: Queer Work in a Straight Discipline
Kristen Schilt, Tey Meadow, and D’Lane Compton


1. The “Not Sociology” Problem
Kristen Schilt

2. The Methods Gatekeepers and the Exiled Queers
Jane Ward

3. Trans Issues in Sociology: A Trans-Centered Perspective
Emilia Lombardi

4. Beyond Academia: Strategies for Using LGBT Research to Influence Public Policy
Gary J. Gates and Jody L. Herman

5. Pornographics as Queer Method
Angela Jones


6. Not Out in the Field: Studying Privacy and Disclosure as an Invisible (Trans) Man
Cayce C. Hughes

7. Thank You for Coming Out Today: The Queer Discomforts of In-Depth Interviewing
Catherine Connell

8. Studying the “Right” Can Feel Wrong: Reflections on Researching Anti-LGBT Movements
Tina Fetner and Melanie Heath

9. The Mess: Vulnerability as Ethnographic Practice
Tey Meadow


10. Challenges, Triumphs, and Praxis: Collecting Qualitative Data on Less Visible and Marginalized Populations
Mignon R. Moore

11. How Many (Queer) Cases Do I Need? Thinking Through Research Design
D’Lane Compton

12. Queer Spatial Analysis
Amin Ghaziani

13. Queer Persistence in the Archive
Amy L. Stone

14. Gendering Carnal Ethnography: A Queer Reception
Kimberly Kay Hoang


15. Translation as Queer Methodology
Evren Savci

16. Queer and Punishment: Sexual Social Control and the Legacy of “Nuts, Sluts and Preverts”
Trevor Hoppe

17. The Demography of Sexuality: Queering Demographic Methods
Amanda K. Baumle

18. What to Do with Actual People? Thinking Through a Queer Social Science Method
C. J. Pascoe

19. Queer Accounting: Methodological Investments and Disinvestments
Carla A. Pfeffer

List of Contributors
D'Lane Compton is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of New Orleans. Compton is the coauthor of How Identities, Stereotypes, and Inequalities Matter through Gender Studies and a contributor to several volumes, including the International Handbook on the Demography of Sexuality.

Tey Meadow is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. Meadow is the author of Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century.  

Kristen Schilt is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Just One of the Guys?: Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality, and her work has appeared in journals such as Gender & Society and the Annual Review of Sociology.

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