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:
Enacting a commitment to an ethics of transformation through a “just and inclusive feminist politics” entails:
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.