How is this feminist again? Q as a feminist methodology

Roper, Sandra; Capdevila, Rose; Lazard, Lisa and Roberts, Anca (2015). How is this feminist again? Q as a feminist methodology. Psychology of Women Section Review, 17 pp. 3–12.

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Abstract

In this paper we consider what it is that makes research feminist and relate this to Q methodology. Whilst acknowledging the multiplicity of feminist thought and approaches, we suggest that Q is an epistemologically versatile technique that can be usefully interwoven with diverse feminist concerns. We discuss four features of Q which we argue fit particularly comfortably into a broad feminist agenda: (1) the engagement with marginality, (2) the process of interpretation, (3) the role of reflexivity and (4) accessibility for novice researchers. We conclude that Q methodology, with its interest in and sensitivity to difference in perspectives, experiences and social realities, is compatible with feminist ideals and is an appropriate tool for producing psychological knowledge which can be used in the service of feminist principles.

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