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Feminist qualitative methods and methodologies in psychology: A review and reflection

Clarke, Victoria; Braun, Virginia

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Virginia Braun



Abstract

How does the current state of the field of feminist qualitative psychological research reflect and enact the methodological characteristics and values of feminist research – principally, the values of reflexivity, methodological diversity and innovation, and the prioritisation of feminist political goals over procedural, epistemological and disciplinary orthodoxy? Using a review of the methods and methodologies used in qualitative research published in two key feminist psychology journals (Feminism & Psychology; Psychology of Women Quarterly) from 2005 to 2016 as our starting point, we reflect on practices, trends, and apparent norms in feminist qualitative researching. Despite methodological development, the absence of a fully realised feminist methodological vision raises important questions. We suggest a need to query and push back at canons or orthodoxies within the discipline, and advocate looking backward to go forwards: innovation does not have to be radical, and many of our methodological feminist foremothers have a lot to offer the present and the future of our discipline.

Citation

Clarke, V., & Braun, V. (2019). Feminist qualitative methods and methodologies in psychology: A review and reflection. Psychology of Women Section Review,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 1, 2018
Publication Date 2019-08
Publicly Available Date Nov 30, -0001
Journal Psychology of Women & Equalities Section Review
Print ISSN 1466-3724
Electronic ISSN 2396-8796
Publisher British Psychological Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords critical qualitative research, discourse analysis, focus groups, experiential qualitative research, giving voice, interviews, reflexivity, thematic analysis, feminist methodology
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/854611

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