Disciplinary crossings and methodological contaminations in gender research: A psycho-anthropological survey on Neapolitan femminielli
DOI: 10.5172/mra.2013.7.2.204
Title: Disciplinary crossings and methodological contaminations in gender research: A psycho-anthropological survey on Neapolitan femminielli
Journal Title: International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches
Volume: Volume 7
Issue: Issue 2
Publication Date: August 2013
Start Page: 204
End Page: 217
Published online: 17 Dec 2014
ISSN: 1834-0806
Author: Eugenio Zitoa
Affiliations:
a University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy
Abstract: In this article I provide an example of gender research conducted by a mixed method in which the scientific explanation, the contextual understanding and the significant interpretation of the observed phenomenon within a theoretical frame of reference find their meeting point at the intersection of qualitative and quantitative approaches. By exploring a peculiar reality of Naples, the femminielli, men who feel and live like women and who could be included in the diverse transgender universe, I moved to a mixed research model in the inter-multiDisciplinary perspective of gender studies. This model is characterized by Disciplinary crossings and methodological contaminations and involves the use of hermeneutics, but it is controlled by statistical quantitative procedures. In particular, the theoretical framework chosen leads to an integration of psychological theories about gender with anthropological perspectives, to offer an interpretation of a phenomenon characterized by a very strong ethno-psycho-social connotation.
Accepted: 4 Jul 2013

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