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However, we shall also return to the positivist and interpretive perspectives throughout the different chapters of this book, particularly (but not only) in Chapters 6 and 7. Chapter research task Carry out a critical review of an empirically based research study of your choice (providing it has a section on the methodology and methods employed). The study should be book length. A critical review involves integrating the approach, findings, and conclusions of a study. Ask some or all of the following questions in order to structure your review: 1.
130), such an approach to research is incompatible with the political goals of feminism: A central issue has been the structural relationship between researcher and researched and the extent to which these might be minimised. It is argued that it is hypocritical, and undermining of the knowledge produced, for feminists to replicate, during their research, the kind of power relations of which they are critical elsewhere. However, there is much more to the feminist approach to research than simply striving towards the establishment of non-hierarchical research relationships.
Mies likens this to replacing the ‘view from above’ with the ‘view from below’. 8), the only legitimate goal of feminist research is to ‘win, defeat or neutralise those forces that are arrayed against its emancipation, growth or development’. In that its starting point is that which appears problematic from the perspective of women’s experiences, feminist researchers argued for an approach to research in which their research would be designed for women. Kelly et al. 25) argue that for feminists, the purpose of social research should be ‘to create useful knowledge, knowledge which can be used by ourselves and others to “make a difference”’.