Understanding Teenage Motherhood through Feminist Research: A reflection on the challenges

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This paper draws on an ethnographic study with teenage mothers. It discusses how the research incorporated feminist political goals and ethical concerns. The paper focuses in particular on one key concern for feminist researchers, that of hierarchical power in the research setting in order to demonstrate the challenges and advantages of feminist research. A number of approaches were taken to mitigate power relationships and these are discussed and reflected upon here. The paper then goes on to interrogate the author’s position as an ‘insider researcher’. It is demonstrated here how feminist research enabled the position of the researcher to be acknowledged, analyzed and critiqued thus ensuring that research which challenges conventional notions of objectivity is robust.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-152
Number of pages24
JournalAthenea Digital
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2014

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  • Teenage Pregnancy
  • Teenage Motherhood
  • Insider Research
  • Feminist Research


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