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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 ...

Mediation and Research
Mediation and research

A great deal of writing has been devoted to the idea of producing more reflexive accounts in research practice. All this takes place against the backdrop of the incurable nature of reflexivity in an age characterized by increasing individualization and detraditionalization. As the charge was once made of being a positivist, to be an unreflexive practitioner can work to signify someone who is inadequate, incomplete and worst of all, outdated. As will be clear from my discussions so far, I am seeking clarity in this literature in the service of engagement.

It is possible to gain the distinct impression in relation to a number of writings that concern with clarification for engagement is at a premium. There is a lot of ...

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