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date: 15 October 2019

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This chapter explores feminist approaches to social science research and how they use mixed methods to support causal claims. Investigating the relationship between mixed methods research and causality reveals two types of causal pluralism that give rise to two dimensions of causal space: ontological causal pluralism and conceptual causal pluralism. Ontological causal pluralism delineates causal space through reconceptualizing the objects of knowledge—different sorts of objects bear different causal relationships to one another. Conceptual causal pluralism is directly related to the concept of causation that is appropriate to research questions. The question of which concept of causation is appropriate is closely tied to the question of the goals of the research. If it is to advocate for change, the question of how to advocate for this change may require understanding the mechanism that prevents the change. Feminist research illustrates the value of methodological pluralism and suggests that such methodological pluralism supports a form of causal pluralism.

Keywords: feminist social science, causation, causal pluralism, mechanism, feminist research

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