Communications and language discrepancies in feminism and traditional gender relations discourse

 

 

 

Abstract

Molepo, M. 2011. Communications and language discrepancies in feminism and traditional gender relations discourse. Mabutheto Literature: Ga Molepo

Current feminist discourse seems to suggest that“women are often abused in the name of culture and tradition” and in order to deal with this the woman should be liberated for empowerment. On further analysis and in contrast to the aforesaid phrase, there is also a tendency to associate the man (as an object) with such ill treatment to such an extent that there is also an intention to liberate both the man and the woman towards a solution. Thirdly, there is much evidence in literature to suggest that the activists of the feminism theory (in all categories) approach emphasis with a different, somehow distant, cultural and social context (language, communication and way of life prime agents) from the cultural and social context of those they purport to be the targeted victims belonging to structures perceived to be sectors of perpetration. Once again, traditional communities and their way of life seem to be questionable prime suspects. But what does the feminist theory say about the thinking of women such as Mma Masedi and the meaning they attach to certain practices that could be perceived as advancing the cultural, linguistic and religious rights of women as illustrated in the excerpt?

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Practical Portfolio User Studies Survey 2012

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Extract from AIS3705  Practical Portfolio \ by Mahlaga Molepo

 

TASK 2.4 Data collection methods

 

2.4.1 Introduction

Data collection methods are an important aspect of social science research. After a research design has been chosen, a researcher can use a number of data collection methods to collect data for analysis. This discussion will look at measurementas the first process in data collection which follows specific rules and criteria and is used by social science researchers to record the value of a particular variable. The ordinal level of measurement will be highlighted as one measurement technique chosen for the construction of a questionnaire to be used to gather data from the chosen sample population. In contrast, measurement errors will also receive attention as I seek to highlight to the reader the probability of measurement errors during data collection. Usage of existing data will be discussed against the backdrop of the need to use available material that can help answer specific research questions. Note that sampling will be used to enable me to collect data from a representative sample frame of the entire population of library users in Alexandra Township. The strategy is to use a research design that will be systematic in obtaining specific information using structured interviews and focus groups interviews. A self-administered questionnaire will be cited as a data collection instrument with questions for respondents.

2.4.1.1   Measurement

Measurement is usually applied to the research in order to help find accurate answers to the questions and sub-problems that were highlighted in 2.1.1.2. Since the social problem been investigated was undertaken within a library environment, the measurement helps analyse questionnaires which were given out to respondents at Alex-San Kopano Community Library. According to RSC201H (2009:171) measurement is defined as when a researcher “records” the value of a particular variable in order to describe the variable. Moreover, measurement gives a researcher objective evaluations which can be verified by other researchers, whether they are valid and reliable. A questionnaire which does not adhere to the criteria of a measurement would not be able to pose appropriate questions to respondents thereby preventing the researcher to engage with respondents in a manner that would help find accurate answers to the research questions. Choosing the right type of a measurement is an important step forward. In the next section, the ordinal level of measurement will be discussed as chosen for this research project.

 

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