On feminist methodology

Hammersley, Martyn (1992). On feminist methodology. Sociology, 26(2) pp. 187–206.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038592026002002


There is now a considerable literature advocating a feminist methodology. This article summarises the features of such a methodology under four headings: the ubiquitous social significance of gender, the validity of experience as against method, the rejection of hierarchy in the research relationship, and the adoption of the emancipation of women as the goal of research and the criterion of validity. The arguments supporting each of these themes are assessed. The conclusion reached is that while some of these arguments are convincing the overall case for a feminist methodology is not.

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