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“As the backlash against feminist research continues unabated, this important volume signals no retreat. Bringing together the foremost international researchers in the area of violence against women, Researching Sexual Violence Against Women offers excellent assessments of the dimensions of date rape-particularly on college campuses. Reasons why this form of violence against women has provoked such intense responses as well as new methodologies are thoroughly explored. Finally, the work examines the impact this research has on those who do it and calls for more work on women's victimization and the links between it and other forms of discrimination.” – Meda Chesney-Lind, Women's Studies Program, University of Hawaii–Manoa A remarkable introduction to research in the field, Researching Sexual Violence Against Women provides cutting-edge information on the various ...

Chapter 10: Confessions of a Reformed Positivist: Feminist Participatory Research as Good Social Science

Confessions of a Reformed Positivist: Feminist Participatory Research as Good Social Science
Confessions of a reformed positivist: Feminist participatory research as good social science
ClaireM.Renzetti

I remember well my undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods. My teachers repeatedly impressed on me the importance of objectivity in social science research. I learned how to draw a random sample, how to write “unbiased” survey questions, and how to analyze data using a wide variety of statistical techniques. My education in qualitative methods occurred primarily “on the job,” when, in my first and second years in graduate school, I was employed as a research assistant on two nationally funded studies. Before going out into the field to conduct interviews, I was instructed in how to avoid biasing my ...

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