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LYNDA M. NILGES

In: Handbook of Physical Education

Chapter 5: Feminist Strands, Perspectives, and Methodology for Research in Physical Education

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Feminist Strands, Perspectives, and Methodology for Research in Physical Education
Feminist strands, perspectives, and methodology for research in physical education
Introduction

Feminists contend that no single word, such as feminism, can be used to name a broad heterogeneous social movement aimed at the betterment of women's lives (DeVault, 1996; Howard and Allen, 2000). Feminism itself is not a monolithic ideology and all feminists do not think alike. It's impossible, therefore, to speak of a single feminist perspective. Over the past 40 years a range of perspectives have surfaced within feminist theory in an attempt to more fully explain women's oppression and offer solutions for its elimination (Tong, 1998; Weedon, 1999; Whelehan, 1995). Broadly speaking these perspectives have increasingly differentiated women's lives and their subjectivities as opposed to ...

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