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Feminist Methodology
Challenges and Choices

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© 2002 | 196 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`An accessible, clearly explained review of difficult concepts within this arena as well as relevant debates. Its strengths are in outlining possible considerations that need to be taken into account when making methodological choices. It also clearly explains how these choices impact knowledge production. This book would undoubtedly be of considerable use to anyone seeking to understand and get to grips with feminist methodological issues' - Feminism and Psychology

Who would be a feminist now? Contemporary 'political realism' suggests that the essentials of the battle have already been won, and the current generation of women entering University is used to seeing feminism presented as 'old fashioned', 'extreme' and 'unrealistic'.

Challenging such assumptions, this important new book argues for the value of empirical investigations of gendered life, and brings together the theoretical, political and practical aspects of feminist methodology.

Feminist Methodology

- demonstrates how feminist approaches to methodology engage with debates in western philosophy to raise critical questions about knowledge production

- shows that feminist methodology has a distinctive place in social research

- guides the reader through the terrain of feminist methodology and clarifies how feminists can claim knowledge of gendered social existence

- connects abstract issues of theory with issues in fieldwork practice.

This timely and accessible book will be an essential resource for students in women's studies, gender studies, sociology, cultural studies, social anthropology and feminist psychology.

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: FEMINISM'S ENLIGHTENMENT LEGACY AND ITS CONTRADICTIONS
 
Reason, Science and Progress
Feminism's Enlightenment Inheritance  
 
Can Feminists Tell the Truth? Challenges of Scientific Method
 
From Truth/Reality to Knowledge/Power
Taking a Feminist Standpoint  
 
PART TWO: FREEDOM, FRAGMENTATION AND RESISTANCE
 
Escape from Epistemology? The Impact of Postmodern Thought on Feminist Methodology
 
Researching `Others'
Feminist Methodology and the Politics of Difference  
 
Knowledge, Experience and Reality
Justifying Feminist Connections  
 
PART THREE: MEETING CHALLENGES, MAKING CHOICES
 
Choices and Decisions
 
Doing a Feminist Research Project
 
Conclusion

An in depth analysis of feminist methodology that covers not only theoretical approach to research, but also introduces practical examples in implementing feminist approach to research. A must read for any students that will/are engaging in qualitative research

Ms Irena Loveikaite
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
May 22, 2015

I recommend this book to any student who is expressing an interest in feminst research

Thelma Lackey
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brighton University
March 29, 2015

A very in-depth, advanced and useful book for anyone who wishes to research feminist studies, particularly useful for Post-Graduate level research.

Miss Amy Clark
Sport Science, Tourism & Leisure Dept, Canterbury Christ Church University
November 5, 2014

I think although the book is fantastic, I do think that it is too advanced for a masters level but will be definitely recommending this book to PhD students.

Miss Ola Biernat
Human Resources and Org Behavior, Bournemouth University
October 27, 2014

Brilliant book! This really captures the 'essentials' of Feminist Methodology and students can both understand and utilise the content effectively and thoughtfully. This is a must for all Counselling Psychology courses that teach qualitative approaches.

Dr Lyndsey Moon
Department of Psychology, Roehampton Univ.
June 2, 2014

This is a perefect companion for teaching feminist methodologies and enthuse students for feminist praxis.

Dr Lisa Dikomitis
Department of Social Sciences, Hull University
April 7, 2014

An essential text for those researching gender

Mrs Chelle Davison
Education , Leeds Metropolitan University
November 18, 2012

I have recommended this book to all my students using a feminist perspective in their research. It is a delightful practical book

Dr Elaine Ball
School of Health Care Professions, Salford University
December 5, 2011

This text will be useful for students beginning to grapple with different research perspectives

Ms Noreen Maguinness
Health and Social Care, Chester University
December 14, 2010

This book provides students with an excellent overview of methology. The issues and debates are well presented.

Ms Bev Orton
Social Science , Hull University
May 20, 2010

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