The methodological impact of feminism : a troubling issue for sociology?
Cohen, Rachel Lara, Hughes, Christina and Lampard, Richard. (2011) The methodological impact of feminism : a troubling issue for sociology? Sociology, Vol.45 (No.4). pp. 570-586. ISSN 0038-0385
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038511406599
As British sociology seeks to overcome a historical distaste for quantitative research methods, one of the discipline's most dynamic sub-fields may prove troublesome. Feminist research thrives both within and outside sociology. As such it provides new insights and enriches the discipline, something recognized by the 2010 Benchmarking Review of Sociology. Yet feminist research has long been associated with an antipathy towards quantitative methods. This article explores the extent to which this persists. Methodological patterns in articles from 19 journals in the interdisciplinary field of 'women's studies' are analysed. Perhaps surprisingly, a large proportion of articles employed quantitative methods. Those engaged with feminist literature or epistemologies were, however, unlikely to be quantitative. This article also highlights the importance of national contexts, suggesting perhaps we should not ask why UK research is so qualitative, but why US research is so quantitative.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Feminism -- Research, Women's studies -- Methodology, Quantitative research|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Sociology|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Official Date:||August 2011|
|Page Range:||pp. 570-586|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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