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NCJ Number: 142229 Find in a Library
Title: Political and Methodological Debates in Wife Abuse Research (From Feminist Perspectives on Wife Abuse, 1988, P 28-50, Kersti Yllo and Michele Bogard, eds. -- See NCJ-142227)
Author(s): K Yllo
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Reference is made to two research projects on wife abuse in this chapter which explores the methodological debates between mainstream research and feminist research and activists, identifies primary points of contention, and considers possible ways to continue a more productive dialogue.
Abstract: The assumption that observation and data can be separated from theory (and values) and that the natural and the social world can be studied objectively is the core of the debate between mainstream and feminist research on wife abuse. All feminist critiques support in varying ways the contention that objectivity is the name men give to their own subjectivity. The methodological debates that arise are at the core of much of the debate in the field and especially the concept of scientific objectivity. The problems with unexamined positivism and claims of scientific objectivity are clear. It is the alternatives that remain murky. The necessary transformation that science and social science might undergo in response to feminist and other radical critiques occurs in small steps and requires more self-reflection and criticism of assumptions about knowledge, the issue of objectivity, relations with activists, and politics. 30 references
Main Term(s): Battered wives; Research methods
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Feminism; Political influences; Spousal Rape
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