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Rather than the illusory 'value-free' knowledge of the positivists, praxis- oriented inquirers see emancipatory knowledge ... [which] increases awareness of the contradictions distorted or hidden by everyday understandings, and in doing so it directs attention to the possibilities for social transformation (Lather, 1991: p. 52)
...while the former sees close kinship between women researchers and women subjects of research, the latter is concerned that women's willingness to talk to researchers is an index of their powerlessness. Finch (1984) taking yet another view, writes that women as a group are powerless, whether they are researchers or subjects of research, and it is precisely this which underlines kinship. (Williams, 1993, p. 581)
...the logic of modern scientific knowledge and its assumptions of its own legitimacy as a discourse of truth about the world results in the exclusion of other ... forms of knowledge and a denial of their legitimacy. (Edwards and Usher, 1994: p. 158)
...feminists cannot afford to relinquish either a general theoretical perspective, or an appeal to a metanarrative to justice. I contend that gender issues cannot be fully comprehended without an understanding of general social dynamics, nor can gender oppression be overcome without some appeal to a metanarrative of justice. (McNay, 1992: p. 7)
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