Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: May 31, 2012 | DOI: 10.4135/9781848607927 | Print ISBN: 9781412907804 | Online ISBN: 9781848607927| Publisher:SAGE Publications LtdAbout this handbook
Chapter 16: Qualitative Methods in Feminist Psychology
Qualitative methods in feminist psychology The central concern of this chapter is the relationship between qualitative methods and feminist psychology. How have qualitative methods affected the development of feminist psychology? And how have the interests and values of feminist psychology created new manifestations of qualitative inquiry? This chapter explores the ways in which this relationship has developed. Feminist psychology has always been a field in transition. Many questions have been raised as it has developed: Is feminist research simply a recipe in which we add ‘women’ to existing paradigmatic forms, then stir? Or should an entirely new discipline be forged? How far can we deviate from traditional empirical methods, and not be ghettoized? How free are we to explore our research interests using qualitative methods? How can qualitative methods enhance our feminist pursuits? These questions, among others, have been hotly debated and as yet remain unresolved within the feminist community. ...