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Is There An Association between Gender and Methods in Sociological Research?

Linda Grant, Kathryn B. Ward and Xue Lan Rong
American Sociological Review
Vol. 52, No. 6 (Dec., 1987), pp. 856-862
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2095839
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Is There An Association between Gender and Methods in Sociological Research?
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Abstract

Feminist scholars have proposed that two types of links exist between research methods and gender. Female scholars have been thought to be more likely than males to choose qualitative methods because such methods are compatible with relational and emotional skills stereotypically associated with women. Qualitative approaches also have been thought to be especially appropriate for study of gender issues and women's experiences and to be an effective strategy for correcting androcentric biases in construction of social theory. We examine articles in 10 sociology journals in 1974-83. Most articles have been quantitative, but female authors have used qualitative methods more often than males. Writing about gender increased rather than decreased the likelihood of having used quantitative methods for both women and men. We suggest that papers focusing on gender and also using qualitative methods represented double nonconformity and hence were unlikely candidates for publication in mainstream journals.

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