Introduction: The Wherewithal of Feminist Methods

Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Hamilton, Carrie. 2017. Introduction: The Wherewithal of Feminist Methods. Feminist Review, 115(1), pp. 1-12. ISSN 0141-7789 [Article]

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Concepts, devices and practices have proliferated considerably since the signifier ‘feminist’ was first attached to ‘method’ and ‘methodology’, most prominently in the 1980s. Early discussions suggested that feminist research and knowledge-making demanded a distinct approach to empirical inquiry: one that recognised and overturned systemic gender disparities, validated women’s ‘experience’, rejected hierarchies between the researcher and research participant, and had emancipation and social change as its purpose. Some of these early defining aspirations have been used to experiment with method and continue to incite lively debate about the politics of knowledge production and even what might be the best feminist method (Wilkinson, 1999). Others have been recast by new technologies and the greater attention given to non-human modes of relating in areas such as science and technology studies, epigenomics and climatology. Yet, a commitment to make feminism mean something in the doing of research, cultural analysis, teaching, artistic practice and in activism, has continued to complicate and supplement the idea of a distinct feminist methodological imperative.

It was from this point of enduring attachment, ‘returns’ as ‘products of repetition, of coming back to persistent troublings’ (Hughes and Lury, 2013, p.787), and curiosity that our call for papers for this themed issue asked: ‘Where are we with feminist methods?’

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Editors' Introduction to Feminist Review 115


Feminist methods, epistemology, ethics

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24 September 2016Submitted
26 September 2016Accepted
1 March 2017Published
25 May 2017Published Online

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21 Oct 2016 12:50

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