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ERIC Number: EJ1155098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1981
Towards a Critical Health Equity Research Stance: Why Epistemology and Methodology Matter More than Qualitative Methods
Bowleg, Lisa
Health Education & Behavior, v44 n5 p677-684 Oct 2017
Qualitative methods are not intrinsically progressive. Methods are simply tools to conduct research. Epistemology, the justification of knowledge, shapes methodology and methods, and thus is a vital starting point for a critical health equity research stance, regardless of whether the methods are qualitative, quantitative, or mixed. In line with this premise, I address four themes in this commentary. First, I criticize the ubiquitous and uncritical use of the term "health disparities" in U.S. public health. Next, I advocate for the increased use of qualitative methodologies--namely, photovoice and critical ethnography--that, pursuant to critical approaches, prioritize dismantling social-structural inequities as a prerequisite to health equity. Thereafter, I discuss epistemological stance and its influence on all aspects of the research process. Finally, I highlight my critical discourse analysis HIV prevention research based on individual interviews and focus groups with Black men, as an example of a critical health equity research approach.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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