An Integrated Approach to Communication Theory and Research

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Feminist Approaches

Ramona R. Rush University of Kentucky

Autumn Grubb-Swetnam Morehead State University

The thesis of this chapter is that the integration of theory and research, what this book is about, may have large parts of the scholarship missing, distorted, or coopted--and that it is our responsibility, all of us, as scholars to have the awareness, knowledge, and ethics to at least note, as in footnote, that this may be the case. Such a note, of course, is in reference to the limitations of the work in regard to validity, reliability, or generalizability. This chapter speaks to what Rush is calling here the "greening" of communication--the integration of theory and research as if "others," including women, mattered.1

The original title was: "The 'Greening' of Communication: The Integration of Theory and Research as if 'Others,' Including Women, Mattered." E. F. Schumacher's classic contribution is acknowledged by paraphrasing the subtitle from Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered. ( 1973) New York: Harper & Row. We are appreciative of the time and efforts of graduate students Alyssa Eckman and Robin Crigler of the University of Kentucky for proofreading and providing comments. Also, University of North Carolina Communication professor Julia T Wood provided comments throughout the manuscript that only a seasoned feminist researcher, and writer, could offer.


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