Blurring the Line Between Researcher and Researched in Interview Studies: A Feminist Practice?
Student author: Jennifer Chmielewski
Psychology of Women Quarterly
There is a rich history of feminist critique of research methods in the social sciences, with feminist scholars noting an androcentric bias and a focus on the values and concerns of the dominant group (Harding, 1987; Reinharz, 1992). The experiences and concerns of women and girls have historically been ignored in traditional social science research or studied only in relation to men (Harding, 1987). As a result, feminists have expressed the need for methods that respect and empower women and that accept women’s experiences as legitimate sources of knowledge (Campbell & Wasco, 2000). Qualitative research has been discussed as a feminist research method because women’s voices can be heard on their own terms and the traditional hierarchy between researcher and participant can be flattened (Campbell & Wasco, 2000; Oakley, 1988; Sprague & Kobrynowicz, 2003).
Yost, Megan R., and Jennifer F. Chmielewski. "Blurring the Line Between Researcher and Researched in Interview Studies: A Feminist Practice?" Psychology of Women Quarterly 37, no. 2 (2013): 242-250.
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