Emancipatory Research: Diffusing Power Relations

Vanessa DiCenzo


This paper discusses the topic of feminist methodology, with a focus on emancipatory research. The ways in which emancipatory research serves to diffuse the power relations inherent in research projects is addressed. This is accomplished by exploring such issues as ‘insider status’, questioning objectivity, ‘field’ construction, reflexivity, multivocality, interpretation and analysis of data, and political activism. Finally, issues to be aware of when conducting emancipatory research are discussed, as well asthe positioning of these methodologies within mainstream academia.

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