The methodological impact of feminism: A troubling issue for sociology?

Cohen, R. L., Hughes, C. & Lampard, R. (2011). The methodological impact of feminism: A troubling issue for sociology?. Sociology, 45(4), pp. 570-586. doi: 10.1177/0038038511406599

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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 analyzed. 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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: British sociology, Documentary analysis, Feminism, Quantitative methods, Women’s studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of Sociology

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