Harding Feminist Methodology

This week we’re starting out with a foundational theorist in feminism, Sandra Harding. We’re reading a selection from her book, Feminism and Methodology

As you read, consider the following discussion questions:

  • Harding identifies three methods of gathering evidence. She then notes “precisely how they carry out these methods of evidence gathering is often strikingly different.” How is feminist research different? How does it distinguish itself?
  • What’s at stake when Harding suggests that “it is not by looking at research methods that one will be able to identify the distinctive features of the best feminist research”?
  • What approaches have been used to “add women”? How or why are they limited?
  • What does a feminist analysis, as Harding describes it, offer technical writing?

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