Feminist Methodology

Discipline: Political Science, Sociology

The application of feminist theory to methods and concepts of sociological investigation.

Feminist research practice requires a critical stance towards existing methodology in the social sciences. While an attention to the responsibilities, rights and particular knowledge of those studied, and a recognition of gendered power relationships in the conduct and process of research may not be unique to feminist methodology; they are an essential component of it.

All ways of knowing are political. The use of feminist methodology implies a commitment to the empowerment of women.

Source:
Helen Roberts, ed.. Doing Feminist Research, 2nd edn (London, 1990)

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