‘Whose Side Are You on?: Dilemmas in Conducting Feminist Research with Young Women’

K Morris, D Woodward, Eleanor Peters

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Drawing on two recently completed ethnographic studies of young women in the West Midlands, this paper explores a series of issues about the application of feminist principles and practice to such research. One study analysed young women's friendships, mainly through participant observation in school, supplemented by participation at a youth club. The other explored the likely success of the former Conservative Government's 'Health of the Nation's' targets for aspects of young women's health, through extended attendance at two youth clubs, supplemented by 'shadowing' informants at school. Both studies also used interviews, diaries and other data sources. Driven by the researchers' desire to 'give a voice' to their informants, this paper reviews power relationships in the production of knowledge; issues about self-presentation; securing access to and winning the trust of the young women; and their resolution of some
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 1998


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