Qualitative research design is continually evolving. It is not only more established in disciplines beyond the traditional social sciences in which it is a standard choice, but also just as impacted by the changes in what data, technologies, and approaches researchers are using. This Handbook takes readers through the foundational theories, functions, strategies, and approaches to qualitative research design, before showcasing how it negotiates different data and research environments and produces credible, actionable impact beyond the study. Containing contributions from over 90 top scholars from a range of social science disciplines, this Handbook is not just an anthology of different qualitative research designs and how/when to use them; it is a complete exploration of how and why these designs are shaped and how, why, and into what they are evolving. This is a valuable resource for Master's and PhD level students, faculty members, and researchers across a wide range of disciplines such as health, nursing, psychology, social work, sociology, and education. Volume One: Part I: Concepts of Designing Designs in Qualitative Research; Part 2: Theories and Epistemological Contexts of Designing Qualitative Research; Part 3: Elements of Designing Qualitative Research; Part 4: Basic Designs and Research Strategies in Qualitative Research; and Part 5: Mixing Methods in Designing Qualitative Research. Volume Two: Part 6: Designing Qualitative Research for Specific Kinds of Data; Part 7: Designing Qualitative Online and Multimodal Research; Part 8: Designing Qualitative Research for Specific Groups and Areas; Part 9: Designing Qualitative Research in Disciplinary Fields; and Part 10: Designing Qualitative Research for Impact.
Chapter 11: Feminist Research: Inequality, Social Change, and Intersectionality
Feminist Research: Inequality, Social Change, and Intersectionality
Outlining a feminist theoretical approach to qualitative research is not a simple process. There are many different feminist theories, each with different priorities and practices, resulting in a range of feminist epistemological and methodological standpoints. These could broadly be distinguished as feminist empiricist, social constructionist (see Potter and Robles, Chapter 6, this Handbook), standpoint, and intersectionality (see Angouri et al., Chapter 61, this Handbook) approaches (Taylor, 2013). Informed by the broader societal feminist movement, what these different approaches share is a critique of androcentric biases in research design and practice, agreement about the centrality of the critical ...