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Objectivity and realms of explanation in academic journal articles concerning sex/gender: a comparison of Gender studies and the other social sciences
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1094-0461
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5366-1169
2017 (English)In: Scientometrics, ISSN 0138-9130, E-ISSN 1588-2861, Vol. 112, no 2, p. 1093-1109Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Gender studies (GS) has been challenged on epistemological grounds. Here, we compare samples of peer-reviewed academic journal publications written by GS authors and authors from closely related disciplines in the social sciences. The material consisted of 2805 statements from 36 peer-reviewed journal articles, sampled from the Swedish Gender Studies List, which covers > 12,000 publications. Each statement was coded as expressing a lack of any of three aspects of objectivity: Bias, Normativity, or Political activism, or as considering any of four realms of explanation for the behaviours or phenomena under study: Biology/genetics, Individual/group differences, Environment/culture, or Societal institutions. Statements in GS publications did to a greater extent express bias and normativity, but not political activism. They did also to a greater extent consider cultural, environmental, social, and societal realms of explanation, and to a lesser extent biological and individual differences explanations.

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Springer Netherlands, 2017. Vol. 112, no 2, p. 1093-1109
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Gender studies, Scientific quality, Scientific disciplines, Bias, Ideology, Politics
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Gender Studies
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-138028DOI: 10.1007/s11192-017-2407-xISI: 000405275500020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-138028DiVA, id: diva2:1133645
Available from: 2017-08-16 Created: 2017-08-16 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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