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Focus Groups: Contributing to a Gender-Aware Methodology


  • Irene van Staveren


A focus group is an open group interview from which research hypotheses can be derived. It enables economic research to step down from its narrow theoretical assumptions and to embed research questions in a life context. It also can contribute to strong objectivity and when done in women's groups and/or on gender issues, focus groups can contribute to a feminist methodology. Experience from a focus group by the author held in Africa has indicated how diverse and enriching economic notions can become, when discussed in a group, before the research has started.

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  • Irene van Staveren, 1997. "Focus Groups: Contributing to a Gender-Aware Methodology," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 3(2), pages 131-135.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:femeco:v:3:y:1997:i:2:p:131-135
    DOI: 10.1080/135457097338753

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    1. van Staveren, I.P., 2005. "Five methodological approaches for research on gender and trade impacts," ISS Working Papers - General Series 19176, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.
    2. Martha A. Starr, 2014. "Qualitative And Mixed-Methods Research In Economics: Surprising Growth, Promising Future," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 28(2), pages 238-264, April.
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    4. Karin Astrid Siegmann & Myriam Blin, 2006. "The Best Of Two Worlds: Between-Method Triangulation In Feminist Economics Research," Working Papers 146, Department of Economics, SOAS, University of London, UK.
    5. Ruwanpura, Kanchana., 2003. "The survival strategies of Sinhala female-heads in conflict-affected eastern Sri Lanka," ILO Working Papers 993609133402676, International Labour Organization.
    6. Tony Lawson, 1999. "Feminism, Realism, and Universalism," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 5(2), pages 25-59.


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