- 1. Learning Objectives
- 2. What are Research Ethics?
- 3. Research Ethics Policies
- 4. Key Principles of Research Ethics
- 5. What are Feminist Research Ethics?
- 6. Reflexivity and Self-reflexivity
- 7. Ethics of Care
- 8. Transformation
- 9. Empowerment
- 10. Decolonizing Knowledge Production
- 11. Key Strategies of Feminist Research Ethics
- 12. Review Exercise
- 13. Summary
- 14. Feedback Survey
A feminist ethical commitment to transformation relates to the belief that the purpose of doing research is to (potentially) positively contribute to achieving social justice and improve the lives of participants and the communities in which they live, including through political action, and engagement with policy-making processes (Frost and Elichaoff 2014).
As Chandra Talpade Mohanty (2003) has elaborated, a commitment to transformation includes recognition that:
- “being a woman has political consequences in the world we live in”;
- sexism, racism, misogyny, and heterosexism are interwoven processes that underlie and fuel social and political institutions of rule that are central to the social fabric; and,
- these forms of subordination work with the “regressive politics of ethnic nationalism and capitalist consumerism” to impact women in different parts of the world in different ways.
Enacting a commitment to an ethics of transformation through a “just and inclusive feminist politics” entails:
- “formulating a clear analysis and critique of the behaviours, attitudes, institutions, and relational politics that these interwoven systems entail”;
- having “a vision for transformation”; and,
- strategies for realizing that vision (Mohanty 2003, p. 3).
Frost, N. and Elichaoff, F., 2014. Feminist Postmodernism, Poststructuralism, and Critical Theory. In: S. N. Hesse-Biber, ed. Feminist Research Practice: A Primer, 2nd ed. Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore: Sage. pp. 42-72.
Bell, L., 2014. Ethics and Feminist Research. In: S. N. Hesse-Biber, ed. Feminist Research Practice: A Primer, 2nd ed. Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore: Sage. pp. 73-106.
Mohanty, C. T. 2003. Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity, Durham, N. C: Duke University Press.
Julia Sudbury, J. and Okazawa-Rey, M. eds., 2009. Activist Scholarship: Antiracism, Feminism, and Social Change, Boulder and London: Paradigm Publishers.