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Methodological implications of feminist scholarship

Methodological implications of feminist scholarship Methodological Implications of Feminist Scholarship BARBARA J. RISMAN Let me begin with my conclusion to avoid any suspense. I will argue that there are no immediately apparent methodological implications of feminist scholarship. I am prompted to write my perspective on this because of the countless times I have--as a researcher who often uses traditional hypothesis- testing quantitative methods--felt excluded by and alienated from feminist col- leagues who seem to presume that seriously thoughtful epistemologically so- phisticated feminists use qualitative interpretive methodologies) Now I may have misunderstood the arguments. Nevertheless, I believe that there are at least some feminists who suggest that the feminist critique of science requires us to disavow quantitative research and perhaps disavow science per se. I begin with a brief discussion of my working definitions. I then discuss the major feminist epistemological critiques of social science. The body of this ar- ticle is a concrete illustration of Sprague and Zimmerman's (1989, 1993) argu- ment that epistemological critiques have inappropriately been applied to a criti- cism of quantitative methodology per se by providing concrete examples of the very complicated relationship between epistemological problems and method- ological techniques in my own research. Overall, I suggest that rejecting quantitative http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Sociologist Springer Journals

Methodological implications of feminist scholarship

The American Sociologist , Volume 24 (4) – Aug 24, 2007

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Springer Journals
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Subject
Social Sciences; Sociology, general; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
0003-1232
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1936-4784
DOI
10.1007/BF02691916
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Methodological Implications of Feminist Scholarship BARBARA J. RISMAN Let me begin with my conclusion to avoid any suspense. I will argue that there are no immediately apparent methodological implications of feminist scholarship. I am prompted to write my perspective on this because of the countless times I have--as a researcher who often uses traditional hypothesis- testing quantitative methods--felt excluded by and alienated from feminist col- leagues who seem to presume that seriously thoughtful epistemologically so- phisticated feminists use qualitative interpretive methodologies) Now I may have misunderstood the arguments. Nevertheless, I believe that there are at least some feminists who suggest that the feminist critique of science requires us to disavow quantitative research and perhaps disavow science per se. I begin with a brief discussion of my working definitions. I then discuss the major feminist epistemological critiques of social science. The body of this ar- ticle is a concrete illustration of Sprague and Zimmerman's (1989, 1993) argu- ment that epistemological critiques have inappropriately been applied to a criti- cism of quantitative methodology per se by providing concrete examples of the very complicated relationship between epistemological problems and method- ological techniques in my own research. Overall, I suggest that rejecting quantitative

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The American SociologistSpringer Journals

Published: Aug 24, 2007

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