Integrating critical realist and feminist methodologies: ethical and analytical dilemmas

PARR, Sadie (2015). Integrating critical realist and feminist methodologies: ethical and analytical dilemmas. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 18 (2), 193-207.

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This paper reflects on research carried out with a group of women receiving intensive family support aimed at addressing the cause of their family’s ‘anti-social behaviour’. The methodological approach to the research was underpinned by the philosophical principles of critical realism. It was also informed by the ethical and political concerns of feminist scholarship. The paper reports on the potential points of tension that arise between feminism and critical realism in empirical research. In particular, attention is centred on the process of trying to marry approaches which stress the central role of participants’ knowledge, particularly those who are ‘labelled’ and whose voices are not readily heard, with the principle that some accounts of ‘reality’ are better than others.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
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Page Range: 193-207
Depositing User: Sarah Ward
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2015 10:36
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 07:45

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