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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 ...

Representation in Question?
Representation in question?

In Chapters 1 and 2, approaches to the issue of the relationship between the basis of research accounts of social phenomena and representations of the social world have been examined. In the process no approach could be said to have adopted a picture theory of reality such that the relation between research production and representation of the social world is held to be unproblematic. Such defences, in both the physical and social sciences, are rare. However, it does not follow that the role of research in producing valuable knowledge in society is then diminished. More immediately, this carries consequences for both the internal intellectual content of disciplines and their implications for understanding and informing actions.

In this chapter I am concerned ...

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