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Feminism and Epistemology

Approaches to Research in Women and Politics, 1st Edition

By Maria J Falco


142 pages

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Hardback: 9780866567220
pub: 1988-10-11
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Here is a timely and informative introduction to a new phase of the ongoing feminist dialogue, reflecting the special dimension feminists have added to the debate over the positivist-behavioral paradigm. This provocative volume challenges long-held political values and ideologies, as well as the basic understanding of fundamental thought processes and methods of perception and cognition. Experts present two aspects of the current debate within feminism--the argument for including feminist perspectives in social science research versus the argument for a “humanist” and “pluralist” approach to political and philosphical inquiry.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface

  • Part I: Two Viewpoints
  • Feminist Epistemology Is Political Action
  • Beyond Methodological Monism
  • Part II: Towards a Feminist Epistemology
  • Liberal Positivistic Epistemology and Research on Women and Politics
  • Storytelling Power: Personal Narratives and Political Analysis
  • Post-Lacanian French Feminist Theory: Luce Irigaray
  • Part III: From Monism to Pluralism
  • The Feminization of Epistemology: Gender and the Social Sciences
  • Political Science and Caring: Or, The Perils of Balkanized Social Science
  • I Feel, Therefore I Am: A Critique of Female Experience as the Basis for a Feminist Epistemology
  • Part IV: Bibliographic Essay
  • Feminist Epistemology: A Survey of the Field

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies