ERIC Number: EJ1144230
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Does Feminism Convince Us: A Response to ''The Case for Feminist Standpoint Epistemology in Social Work Research''
Weisman, Clio Belle
Research on Social Work Practice, v27 n4 p512-514 Jul 2017
A response to the critique of where social work research currently stands, as put forth by Garrow and Hasenfeld, and their position that social work research should be undertaken from a feminist perspective. It is important to remember the origins and foundation of feminist thought and to approach research and practice with a full understanding of what both empiricist epistemology and feminist standpoint epistemology actually means. Maintaining a balanced perspective and recognizing the value in varied approaches to scientific inquiry will keep the field of social work moving toward its ultimate goal of reducing the plight of marginalized and oppressed peoples. Social work research and practice has always claimed itself to be committed to furthering social justice and equality and to building a society with a minimum of human suffering. In order to remain focused on these goals, perhaps a shift in perspective is necessary.
Descriptors: Feminism, Social Work, Criticism, Epistemology, Scientific Research, Disadvantaged, Social Justice, Research Methodology, Intervention
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