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What are the critical gaps in thinking about reflexivity and social research? How is reflexive practice shaped by the contexts and cultures in which researchers work? How might research practice respond to twin demands of excellence and relevance in the knowledge-based economy? Thinking reflexively about the inter-relationships between social research and societal practices is all the more important in the so-called knowledge economy. Developing reflexive practices in social research is not achieved through applying a method. Where and how researchers work is fundamental in shaping the capacities and capabilities to produce research as content and context lie in a dynamic interaction. This book not only provides a history of reflexive thought, but its consequences for the practice of social research and an understanding of the ...

Commitment, Criteria and Change
Commitment, criteria and change

In the Introduction I noted that reactions to the call to reflexivity are variable. For some they are unduly philosophical. At best they are of marginal significance to social scientific practice and at worst, destructive. For others these critiques serve as the legislative forums in which what counts as the ‘truth’ is to be subjected to continued deconstruction in order to expose the myth of a ‘modernist dream’. While aspects of these perspectives assist in generating a greater sensitivity to the issues that inform practice, the overall result can be so unhelpful that it tends to polarize debates and achieves little for advancing our understandings of the limits, strengths and role of social research in the constitution and ...

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