Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964517 | Print ISBN: 9781412909167 | Online ISBN: 9781412964517| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Cheryl L. Radeloff
As modern feminist sensibilities expanded beyond the second-wave feminist social movement of the 1970s, social critics and academics could hardly ignore feminism as an intellectual enterprise. Today, feminist theory and research is a central project of most traditional academic disciplines and interdisciplinary settings such as women's and gender studies departments and programs. Initially, many feminist scholars struggled with marginalization within the academy, often fighting for recognition of their own research, as well as of the theoretical innovations and methodological critiques that continue to define feminist scholarship as historically unique and socially relevant. Primarily developed by second-wave feminist scholars, feminist methodology is an approach to collecting information, analyzing data and conducting research that analyzes traditional or patriarchal understanding of how knowledge is produced and subsequently accepted as legitimate by peers in the academy, feminist activists, policymakers, and the general public. The challenge for academic feminists was and continues to be to ...