Chapter 2

Researching Women's Lives or Studying Women's Oppression? Reflections on What Constitutes Feminist Research

Liz Kelly, Sheila Burton and Linda Regan


The central question which this chapter explores is what counts as ‘feminist research’. Our discomfort with some definitions is linked to our work together in the Child Abuse Studies Unit (CASU), set up to develop feminist theory and practice, based in the Polytechnic (now University) of North London. CASU was established in 1987 by Esther Saraga and Mary MacLeod with an explicit intent: to link feminist concerns and initiatives in academia and the statutory and voluntary sectors, through a combination of research, networking, training, conference organizing and campaigning. In late ...

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