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Feminist Methodologies

  • By: Serin D. Houston
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Feminist methodology connotes a way of analyzing and theorizing research methods, principles, and knowledge production from a feminist perspective. In particular, it seeks to render visible the power relations of everyday life and of academic scholarship. Reflexivity and situated knowledge undergird this methodology. Scholars in human geography subdisciplines tend to deploy this methodology and often relate qualitative and quantitative methods. Research strategies driven by a feminist methodology usually hold political and social change as necessary motivations for and outcomes of academic study. By design, this research is frequently multiscalar and attuned to contextual variability.

Much like poststructuralism and postmodernism, the designation of a specifically feminist methodology emerged during the cultural turn. Geographers began to engage more closely with feminist views of knowledge production in the 1990s, ...

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