What are the best ways to do research on the psychology of women and gender? This volume illustrates a variety of innovative approaches to knowledge, applying them to diverse issues: violence against girls and women, sexuality, life patterns, educating against sexism and more. Moreover, it explores the role of personal values and social forces on the research process. Over sixty international contributors and a comprehensive resource guide make this an essential resource for researchers and educators.
Preface; Introduction: feminist research: questions and methods; 1. Promoting methodological diversity in feminist research; 2. Dimensions of desire: bridging qualitative and quantitative methods in a study of female adolescent sexuality; 3. Commentary: eclecticism and methodological pluralism: the way forward for feminist research; 4. 'Like chewing gravel': on the experience of analyzing qualitative research findings using a feminist epistemology; 5. Commentary: reconstructing mountains from gravel: remembering context in feminist research; 6. Concept mapping as a feminist research method: examining the community response to rape; 7. Commentary: measuring subjectivities: 'Concept mapping as a feminist research method: examining the community response to rape; 8. Fostering rationality when implementing and evaluating a collective-drama approach to preventing violence against women; 9. Commentary: power, social change, and the process of feminist research; 10. Reflections on a feminist research project: subjectivity and the wish for intimacy and equality; 11. Commentary: comments on 'Feminist research process'; 12. Batterers' experiences of being violent: a phenomenological study; 13. Commentary: existential phenomenology and feminist research: the exploration and exposition of women's lived experiences; 14. Beyond the measurement trap: a reconstructed conceptualization and measurement of women battering; 15. Commentary: multidimensional assessment of woman battering: commentary on Smith, Smith and Earp; 16. Exploring a teaching/research Nexus as a possible site for feminist methodological innovation in psychology; 17. Commentary: issues of power and risk at the heart of the teaching/research nexus; 18. Focus group: a feminist method; 19. Commentary: comments on 'focus groups'; 20. Women's perspectives on feminism: a Q-methodological study; 21. Commentary: researching subjectivity and diversity: Q-methodology in feminist psychology; 22. Keeping and crossing professional and racialized boundaries: implications for feminist practice; 23. Commentary: comments on 'Keeping and crossing professional and racialized boundaries'; 24. Negotiating the life narrative: a dialogue with an African American social worker; 25. Commentary: interpreting the life narrative: race, class, gender, and historical context; 26. Understanding graduate women's reentry experiences: case studies of four psychology doctoral students in a midwestern university; 27. Commentary: comments on 'Understanding graduate women's reentry experiences'; 28. Subject to romance: heterosexual passivity as an obstacle to women initiating condom use; 29. Commentary: comments on 'Subject to romance'; 30. Fundamentalism in psychological science: the publication manual as 'Bible'; 31. Commentary: how often do you read the Bible?; 32. Commentary: putting the APA Publication Manual in context; 33. Hearing voices: the uses of research and the politics of change; 34. Commentary: rattling cages: comments on 'Hearing voices'; 35. The view from down here: feminist graduate students consider innovative methodologies; 36. Innovative methods: resources for research, publishing and teaching; Index.