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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 ...

Positioning and Belonging
Positioning and belonging

In this chapter I wish to examine reflexivity in terms of the relations which exist between positioning and belonging. The overall purpose, as with the book as a whole, is to inform social scientific engagement with social life in order to explore the potential for illumination and social transformation. As throughout the book, I will seek to separate clarification for engagement, with assumed resolution in practice.

I am concerned here with an orientation that is informed by the division of reflexivity into the dimensions provided in Chapter 4. What I will be arguing here is that the oscillations that occur between those two senses of reflexivity also inhere within social life as a result of dynamic interactions between positioning and belonging. ...

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