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The Methodological Impact of Feminism: A Troubling Issue for Sociology?

Cohen, RL, Hughes, C and Lampard, R (2011) The Methodological Impact of Feminism: A Troubling Issue for Sociology? SOCIOLOGY, 45 (4). 570 - 586. ISSN 0038-0385

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Abstract

As British sociology seeks to overcome a historical distaste for quantitative research methods, one of the discipline’s most dynamic sub-fields may prove troublesome. Feminist research thrives both within and outside sociology. As such it provides new insights and enriches the discipline, something recognized by the 2010 Benchmarking Review of Sociology. Yet feminist research has long been associated with an antipathy towards quantitative methods. This article explores the extent to which this persists. Methodological patterns in articles from 19 journals in the interdisciplinary field of ‘women’s studies’ are analysed. Perhaps surprisingly, a large proportion of articles employed quantitative methods. Those engaged with feminist literature or epistemologies were, however, unlikely to be quantitative. This article also highlights the importance of national contexts, suggesting perhaps we should not ask why UK research is so qualitative, but why US research is so quantitative.

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Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Sociology. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Sociology, 45 (4), August 2011, 10.1177/0038038511406599. Sage Publications.
Uncontrolled Keywords: British sociology, documentary analysis, feminism, quantitative methods, women's studies, EVIDENCE-BASED STATE, BRITISH SOCIOLOGY, SOCIAL-RESEARCH, PLURALISM
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2011 12:30
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:46
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/7356

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