Feminist Approaches to Criminological Research

CRIMINOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS, D. Gadd, S. Karstedt, S. Messner, eds., Sage Publishing, Forthcoming

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/36

33 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2010 Last revised: 29 Apr 2010

Gail Mason

The University of Sydney Law School

Julie Stubbs

University of New South Wales (UNSW, Australia) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: April 28, 2010

Abstract

In this chapter we argue that there is no orthodox methodology in feminist criminology. Rather, there are a series of methodological preferences that feminists adopt as a means of pursuing research questions inspired by: the insights of gender theory; the need for social change; the advances made by post-positivist epistemologies; the importance of experience in understanding crime and justice and; a commitment to breaking down the power relations inherent in research through processes of reflexivity. We provide an overview of approaches to research favoured by feminist criminologists. In order to highlight on-going debates and emerging themes in feminist methodology we focus on research that investigates violence against women. Four themes are featured: intersectionality; the victim/agent dichotomy; integrity and analysis and; the ‘textual turn’ in research. We flesh out these themes through two cases studies based on our own research on violence against Filipino women and homophobic violence against women.

Keywords: feminist criminology, feminist methodology, feminist research in crime, qualitative research, feminist epistemology, violence, victims, intersectionality, post-positivism

JEL Classification: K10, K14, K30

Suggested Citation

Mason, Gail and Stubbs, Julie, Feminist Approaches to Criminological Research (April 28, 2010). CRIMINOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS, D. Gadd, S. Karstedt, S. Messner, eds., Sage Publishing, Forthcoming; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/36. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1597469

Gail F. Mason (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Julie Stubbs

University of New South Wales (UNSW, Australia) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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