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Studying Postmodern Families: A Feminist Analysis of Ethical Tensions in Work and Family Research

Lori A. McGraw, Anisa M. Zvonkovic and Alexis J. Walker
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 62, No. 1 (Feb., 2000), pp. 68-77
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1566688
Page Count: 10
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Studying Postmodern Families: A Feminist Analysis of Ethical Tensions in Work and Family Research
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Abstract

Through dialogue and reflexivity, feminist researchers aim to create knowledge that is emergent from people in relationship with one another. Reflexivity is a process whereby researchers place themselves and their practices under scrutiny, acknowledging the ethical dilemmas that permeate the research process and impinge on the creation of knowledge. Guided by these tenets, we analyzed the relations among our research practices, our participants, and ourselves to understand and reduce the ethical tensions we encountered in a multimethod research project designed to investigate work and family processes. Our reflective efforts underscore both the active nature of research participants and the importance of the sociopolitical contexts within and around the research process. We make suggestions for more ethical research.

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