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

Clarke, Victoria; Braun, Virginia


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Dr Victoria Clarke
Associate Professor in Qualitative & Critical Psychology

Virginia Braun


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.


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
Deposit Date Dec 13, 2018
Publicly Available Date Dec 13, 2018
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
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