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What Makes it Feminist?: Mapping the Landscape of Feminist Social Work Research
Affilia (2010)
  • Ben Anderson-Nathe, Portland State University
  • Stephanie Wahab, Portland State University
  • Christina E. Gringeri, University of Utah

Social work as an academic discipline has long included women and gender as central categories of analysis; the social work profession, started and maintained largely by women, has been home to several generations of feminists. Yet, social work is curiously and strikingly absent from broader multidisciplinary discussions of feminist research. This article explores contemporary feminist social work research by examining 50 randomly selected research-based articles that claimed feminism within their work. The analysis focused on the authors’ treatment of the gender binary, their grounding in theory, their treatment of methodology, and their feminist claims. Feminist social work researchers are invited to reconceptualize feminisms to include third-wave feminist thought and more explicitly engage theory and reflexivity in their work.

  • Feminists -- United States,
  • Social workers -- United States
Publication Date
November, 2010
Publisher Statement
Copyright (2010) Sage
Citation Information
Ben Anderson-Nathe, Stephanie Wahab and Christina E. Gringeri. "What Makes it Feminist?: Mapping the Landscape of Feminist Social Work Research" Affilia Vol. 25 Iss. 4 (2010)
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