Illustrating the Value of Critical Methodologies through Third Sector Gender Studies: A Case for Pluralism

DODGE, Jennifer, EIKENBERRY, Angela and COULE, Tracey (2021). Illustrating the Value of Critical Methodologies through Third Sector Gender Studies: A Case for Pluralism. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations.

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    To encourage methodological pluralism in the field, this paper examines an illustrative sample of articles that apply critical approaches to third sector studies focused on gender. Specifically, the paper analyses three articles that were previously identified as among the most critical work on gender in the field between 1970 and 2009 to illustrate how critical research is produced and the value it brings to third sector studies. We find this work: uncovers hidden assumptions and/or uncomfortable erasures that mask gender-based inequities and injustices; resists hegemonic scientific norms in doing and writing research; and rejects ‘woman’ as a uniform object of theorizing. We discuss against what methodological standards such work should be evaluated and suggest a wider understanding of these ‘alternative’ standards, which might derive significant benefits for the field through increased critical scholarship and the unique features it brings.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Political Science & Public Administration; 1503 Business and Management; 1605 Policy and Administration; 1607 Social Work
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    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2021 11:16
    Last Modified: 17 Nov 2021 10:30

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