b. Theory and methodology
The feminist research was applied to redefine the concept of security from two sides, one as a concept of Arab Political Thought, another as the result of Jordanian women understanding of security. The Arab school of thought and the Arab feminist agenda are important resources from the current research, human security being part of both, a declared priority, a policy and a trend.
The case study of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is an original piece of work, the result of one academic year period as research assistant in the Internship Programme of the Centre for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan, where I have participated in events of the centre and other activities relevant for my research in all academic and political branches of the Jordanian society, preparing interviews and surveys for my topic.
For what is known as a case study, the field of Political Science has no single definition, this varies by department and country as well as internal disciplinary organization of the research. The very well structured North American political science school of thought has four sub-fields, political theory, national government, comparative studies and international relations including security studies. The European political science classification has occasionally divided subfields, such as European Politics, International Relations or European Public Administration. Exception makes only political theory, all other subfields defining the case study as a method of analysis with different interpretations.
Discipline`s sub-fields associate case studies with qualitative research, occasionally competing ontological and epistemological presuppositions, reflecting an intense study of lived human experiences, combining participant observation, interviews and document analyses. All these methods are used in the current thesis, observation being the result of the engagement between researcher and units, more exactly complementary elements decoded during conversations conducted, events or interactions seen or directly participating, documents read or locations in which the study has been done. This case study generated a multitude of qualitative-interpretive observations that reflect social relations, organizational practices, actions, interactions and routines.
Contemporary case study scholars promote the combining of quantitative and qualitative methods and give much attention to design and scientific rigor, with systemized and verifiable case study procedures, shaping that I consider appropriate for the interpretive understanding of human security through feminist lenses. Security studies are an interdisciplinary domain, combining soft science approaches of Social Science and Humanities, with the hard framework of Political and Military Science.
The research has multiple parameters to understand, dealing with security issues and feminism as required the methodology that contextualized best the studied issue, the use of...