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Am J Community Psychol. 2000 Dec;28(6):815-38.

Speaking for ourselves: feminist methods and community psychology.

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  • 1Department of Counseling and School Psychology, University of Massachusettes, Boston 02125-3393, USA. lisa.cosgrove@umb.edu


Although feminist and community psychology share a number of epistemological and methodological perspectives that guide their respective theories and research practices, it has been argued that community psychology has not fully integrated a feminist perspective into the discipline. This paper examines how community psychology and feminist research methods might combine to help us better understand women's experiences without essentializing or universalizing those experiences. The authors offer a series of suggested directions for feminist research that may also prove promising for community psychology. Particular attention is paid to feminist social constructionist approaches insofar as they address the complex relationship between epistemology and methodology.

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