Feminist Methodologies for Critical Researchers: Bridging Differences (Gender Lens) (Gender Lens Series)

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Teaches students how standard methods can be adapted toward critical ends by thinking about the links between epistemology and methodology. This book traces how the social organization of the academy has produced a bias against feminist methodology and proposes a program to overcome these limitations.

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Sprague writes exceptionally clearly and expresses difficult issues in language that undergraduates can easily grasp. At the same time, her ideas are sufficiently sophisticated that readers who are well read in feminist research in sociology also have a great deal to gain from reading this book.--Mary Jo Neitz "Sociologists For Women In Society "

Joey Sprague has built a sturdy guide to understanding the linkages between epistemology, methodology, and method in the practice of social science. She makes clear that the production of science is not about formal method, so much as methods are about the social production and implicit standpoint of science in practice. Graduate students and practitioners in all of the social sciences, feminist and non-feminist alike, will profit from reading and discussing this book.--Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Seeing Through Gender is an excellent introduction to feminist methodology, with a clear and accessible treatment of epistemological issues, examples drawn from a wide range of actual studies, and an even-handed treatment of both qualitative and quantitative research approaches. Sprague has a forthright point of view and a lively feminist voice appropriate for students as well as more experienced researchers.--Marjorie DeVault, Syracuse University

This is the best book on feminist methodologies in sociology and the social sciences to come along in some time. Although the book is accessibly written and suitable for a text, it is never the less a sophisticated discussion why methodology matters and how it affects the impact of social science research on society. Sprague defends the social scientific project and then proceeds to show us how to engage in this project in a manner that embodies feminist values while producing first rate social scientific knowledge. Avoiding polemics, Sprague charts a clear, carefully reasoned argument that resists easy answers to questions such as the qualitative/ quantitative split, the issue of relativism, or of subjectivity. Instead, she offers a nuanced critique of both qualitative and quantitative methods and develops a carefully reasoned strategy for doing high quality, useful social research that also furthers fairness and justice in society.--Cecilia L. Ridgeway, Stanford University

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This text teaches students how standard methods can be adapted toward critical ends by thinking about the links between epistemology and methodology. Joey Sprague's treatment of qualitative and quantitative methods shows how both can be used effectively by progressive researchers. She traces how the social organization of the academy has produced a bias against feminist methodology and proposes a program to overcome these limitations.

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