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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 ...

Reflexive Practice
Reflexive practice

In a North American town people began to notice small marks appearing on the windscreens of their cars. Other people then saw the same marks on their windscreens, with the result that the whole population became preoccupied with this new phenomenon. What was the reason? Quite simply, instead of looking through their windscreens, people had started to look at them. The pit-marks had always been present and resulted from small stones being thrown up by car tyres. From that time onwards windscreens were checked for marks, as well as being the means through which the road ahead was observed.

Could this story be used to illustrate the approaches to understanding reflexivity in Part 1? It is attractive, but problematic for many. A distinction ...

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