Conduting Feminist Gender Research in the Information Systems Field

Conduting Feminist Gender Research in the Information Systems Field

Eileen M. Trauth (The Pennsylvania State University, USA), Lynette Kvasny (The Pennsylvania State University, USA) and Anita Greenhill (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-268-8.ch001
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Abstract

In this chapter, we explore the methodological and epistemological implications of conducting feminist, gender research in the information systems field. These implications revolve around four core themes: that feminist research is situated in the margins; that current gender and IS research is not adequately problematized; that feminist research questions the legitimacy and appropriateness of positivist research; and that reflection on the personal characteristics of the researcher such as race, gender, sexuality, and class can inform feminist research. We propose four criteria for conducting feminist IS research: (1) engaging in researcher reflexivity; (2) challenging the hegemonic dominance, legitimacy, and appropriateness of positivist epistemologies; (3) theorizing from the margins; and (4) problematizing gender.

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