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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 ...

Cultures of Research Production
Cultures of research production

We continue our journey of examining the dynamics through which research is constituted in universities by looking at cultures of production. In so doing we seek to avoid the backdrop of presuppositions that so often inform modes of knowledge production and speak of ‘academic’ as if it had no relevance to contemporary issues. Rather, we seek to populate an understanding of those places in which research is conducted, in order that it may become a more reflexive, supportive and supported practice. Such practices can and do exist in universities and there is good work undertaken in varying circumstances. While the pressures on universities and occupational cultures are clear, we hope to contribute to a more valued distinctiveness for ...

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