Research Portfolio Post #8: Qualitative Data Sources for Interpretativist Research

I am proposing to research women’s decisions and women’s rights in context because I want to find out why the narrative of the “Third World Woman” that emerged in the 1990s,  remains dominant in intergovernmental organizations and non-government organizations to help my reader understand the framing of  women’s local experiences , agency and decision making […]

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Research Portfolio Post #7: Qualitative Data

Through a small-N approach, I intend to answer the question: What explains the difference in the success and failure of son preference policies in China, India and South Korea. My DV will be the “success”, “failure” and “mixed-success” of implementation of son preference policies. Son preference policies have been defined as policies and legislation passed to improve […]

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Research Portfolio Post #6: Quantitative Data

I am proposing to research female infanticide because I want to find out what explains the prevalence of son preference during fertility declines, in order to help my reader, understand how women’s decisions to commit infanticide can be reinforced. Q: What explains variations in son preference across certain family structures during declining fertility rates? India’s 2011 […]

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Research Portfolio Post #5: Puzzle Proposal

I am proposing to research female infanticide  because I want to find out what explains the resilience/persistence of son preference in order to help my reader, understand how women’s decisions to commit infanticide within changing fertility and economic landscapes can be continually reinforced In reading Amartya Sen’s 100 Million Missing Women,[1] I was most interested […]

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Research Portfolio Post #4: Article Comparison

Mitra claims continued son preference persists despite economic developments and educational advances for women. The cultural embeddedness of son preference derives from the “interplay of economics, religion and culture”. [1]  Therefore, son preference is demonstrated as a culturally embedded phenomenon, reinforced by patriarchal systems and women’s lowered status. Mitra uses a Small-n (NP) case study analysis […]

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Research Portfolio Post #2: Mentor Meeting

My Olson faculty advisor is Professor Jordanna Matlon, who has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California Berkley and focuses on Black Masculinity. She explores gender and society in an urban setting, particularly, the relationship between gender, race and capitalism and many of her fieldwork was based in Cote’D’ivoire. I met with Professor […]

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