ERIC Number: ED209297
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug-27
Reference Count: 0
Dimensions of the Feminist Research Methodology Debate: Impetus, Definitions, Dilemmas & Stances.
For various well-documented reasons, the feminist social movement has been critical of academia as a worksetting and of the social sciences as a set of disciplines. For these reasons, feminists claim that the assumptions underlying several research designs and procedures are sexist. They have developed a feminist methodology to examine these assumptions and advocate certain methods which they believe to be more consistent with feminist principles. This paper defines sexism, feminism, method and methodology in order to illuminate this body of criticism. It then elaborates the different stances taken by feminists in response to the questions: Is there a feminist method? And, if so, what are its characteristics? The three methodological positions taken in response to these questions are explained. These positions are then shown to produce four distinct types of feminist researchers which can be labelled: careerists, adopter/adapters, alternative paradigm developers and triangulators. Definitions of each type are offered and representative literature is cited. In conclusion, the paper notes that feminist methodology is currently pluralistic and that an intense debate is in progress among these positions. (Author/BW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Los Angeles, CA, August, 1981).