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