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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 ...

Universities as Research Sites
Universities as research sites

In this chapter we elaborate on the university as an institutional context in mediating, absorbing or transcending external shifts in values attributed to knowledge. Expectations of knowledge abound within a redefined political economy of knowledge, yet the extent to which changes are manifest in practice is informed by the mediation of external pressures through diverse institutional contexts. This relates both to the structural organization of the university, as well as the values that are internalized for its corporate rebranding in an era of knowledge politics.

The shifts outlined in Chapter 6, as we suggested, have particular consequences for universities that lead to both inter- and intra-institutional variability in the conditions for the production of research. Inter-institutional differentiation occurs through ...

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