Using Critical Praxis and Activism to Create Uncomfortable Spaces
Chapter 1: The Evolution of an Activist Study
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THE EVOLUTION OF AN ACTIVIST STUDY
Who Am I?
I am a white, middle-aged, middle-class female who has feminist leanings and political intentions. At the time of conducting this research I lived on a grain and cattle property with my family, 15 minutes from the rural community of Wheatville.1 Two of my children were at boarding school in the state’s capital city, and my youngest was in her final year at the local state primary school. I had met my future husband—a Wheatville farmer and landowner—during the Easter break of my first year of teaching. We met at the local picnic races and married 3 years later. My husband was the owner/manager of the property on which I lived: the property on which his older brother and grandparents had lived before him. Many of my professional female friends were also married to farming men and, likewise, their husbands had inherited the properties on which they lived from their parents.
I had lived and worked in Wheatville for more than 25 years. Over this time I had become committed and attached to the community personally, professionally, and historically. I am convinced that by marrying a member of a well-known local family, my acceptance and status within the community had been both fast-tracked and bolstered. However, in my early days in ← 1 | 2 → Wheatville I had much to learn about its customs and traditions. It took me quite a few years...
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