Milda Longgeita Pinem


This article discusses Sandra Harding's idea of strong objectivity. The idea is a response to the problems faced by feminist methodology which stands between objectivism and subjectivism. Objectivism is the conventional methodology that views the research process must be objective and value-free. Meanwhile, subjectivism privileges the role of the subjects and values. However, the objectivity within the conventional methodology is normally biased with the interests of the dominant group, while the subjectivity is seen as vulnerable being trapped into relativism. The subjectivity cannot also determine which knowledge is valid. Using the method of literature study based on Sandra Harding's works, there are four contributions of strong objectivity to feminist methodology. First, the feminist methodology will be more creative instead of normative. Second, the feminist methodology will be more sensitive concerning the backgrounds, interests, and objectives of the research subjects. Third, the feminist methodology must be more aware of the diversity of society as the context of research. Fourth, the feminist methodology will strengthen its objectivity starting from the perspective of marginalized women.


strong objectivity; objectivism; subjectivism; conventional methodology; feminist methodology

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