Method and methodology in feminist research: what is the difference?



Feminism and nursing have historically travelled separate paths Nursinghas only recently begun to embrace feminist philosophy, and consequently nurse researchers are just beginning to undertake truly feminist research There appears to be little consensus between feminist researchers' interpretations of the concepts of method and methodology Prior to embarking on the development of a feminist research proposal it is imperative to differentiatebetween these two concepts This paper explores the concepts of method and methodology and explains their interrelationship Feminist research methodology, with its emphasis on a non-hierarchical, reflexive, interactive approach is highlighted and its impact on the researcher's choice of an appropriate method is discussed It is only through addressing these issues that nurseresearchers will be effective in pursuing truly feminist research that can act as a catalyst for the emancipation of women and the nursing profession