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The emerging importance of feminist research paradigms in built environment research

Wilkinson, Sara J. and Morton, Pat 2007, The emerging importance of feminist research paradigms in built environment research, Structural survey, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 408-417, doi: 10.1108/02630800710838446.

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Title The emerging importance of feminist research paradigms in built environment research
Author(s) Wilkinson, Sara J.
Morton, Pat
Journal name Structural survey
Volume number 25
Issue number 5
Start page 408
End page 417
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2007-12
ISSN 0263-080X
1758-6844
Keyword(s) feminism
epistemology
research methods
Summary Purpose – This paper seeks to establish and demonstrate the relevance of feminist research methods within built environment research. While no one definition of feminist research exists, many feminist researchers identify characteristics which distinguish it from traditional social science research; it is research that studies women, or that focuses on gender.
Design/methodology/approach – There is a growing body of research into women and the built environment adopting feminist paradigms. This paper explains the dynamic, evolving philosophical basis of feminist research methods drawing comparisons to traditional positivist methodologies and demonstrates that feminist research has characteristics that can be imported into other research paradigms.
Findings – The paper shows that there is much to be learned from an understanding of feminist research for all researchers in the built environment and that by adopting different approaches to research, researchers may find new and original ways of examining complex issues.
Research limitations/implications – The implications are that all researchers in the built environment should consider the benefits of adopting a feminist approach in their research especially where the researcher is seeking to gain a deeper understanding of peoples' experiences.
Originality/value – This paper seeks to raise awareness of the benefits of adopting feminist research methods in a discipline dominated by traditional approaches to research.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/02630800710838446
Field of Research 120199 Architecture not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Emerald Group Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022145

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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