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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 ...

The Political Economy of Knowledge: Relevance, Excellence and Reflexivity
The political economy of knowledge: Relevance, excellence and reflexivity

The discussions in Part 2 of the book introduced degrees of epistemic permeability in disciplines, referential and endogenous reflexivity and positioning-belonging. Researchers in academic settings exhibit differences in their senses of belonging, as well as how they are positioned in their institutions and position themselves in respect to the knowledge they produce, disseminate and represent. Oscillations occur between engagement in the spirit of the public intellectual or the lone researcher or group and the idea of the scholar as detached observer. Underlying and informing these dynamics are varying degrees of epistemic permeability which, in turn, are informed by how different forms of knowledge are valued in society.

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