Social Research and Reflexivity

Author: Tim May

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761962832

Category: Social Science

Page: 236

View: 7095

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 contexts in which it is produced. Overall, the book offers an exciting new position on reflexive research that will generate much debate through its successful achievement of two difficult feats: providing essential reading for orientations on reflexivity and social research in the twenty-first century and making a landmark contribution to thinking and practice in the field.
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Research and reflexivity

Author: Frederick Steier

Publisher: Sage Pubns

ISBN: N.A

Category: Psychology

Page: 257

View: 2872

Is reflexivity viable as a legitimate component of constructionist methodologies? If so, how can methodologies be developed to do research and conduct inquiry from a social constructionist standpoint? Interdisciplinary and international, Research and Reflexivity focuses on the nature of knowledge and reflexive knowing. Divided into three sections, the first part is concerned with the theoretical issues in reflexivity and constructionism; the next with reflexivity in the practice of developing constructionist research methodologies; and the last moves from research experiences to emergent theoretical issues tied to reflexivity. This intriguing volume addresses the implications of seeing the research process itself as socially constructing a world or worlds, with the researchers included in--rather than outside--the body of their own research. Researchers "coproduce" the worlds of their research rather than simply "find" these worlds. Furthermore, what that recognition means for the development of social constructionist methodologies is also explored. Upper-division students, scholars, and researchers across a wide range of disciplines--from communication studies to education, from organization studies and family therapy to social psychology--will find Research and Reflexivity essential reading. "The chapters are, without exception, intellectually engaging and draw upon literature and arguments that may not be familiar, but are certainly relevant, to communication researchers. . . . Some chapters . . . provide an excellent overview for those not well acquainted with constructionist research and self-reflexivity. Von Glaserfeld traces the development of the constructionist movement, andprovides a spirited defense against the more common, if naive, criticisms of this approach. The chapter by Krippendorff provides the most well-developed attempt at fulfilling Steier's aim for this book. . . . The essays in this book provide strong evidence of the 'Fact tha
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Reflexivity

A Practical Guide for Researchers in Health and Social Sciences

Author: Linda Finlay,Brendan Gough

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470776986

Category: Medical

Page: 272

View: 7017

Reflexivity is a popular tool used to analyse personal, intersubjective and social processes which shape research projects. It enables researchers, particularly within the qualitative tradition, to acknowledge their role and the situated nature of their research. In the current climate, which sees the popularity of qualitative methods coupled with increased public and professional scrutiny of research, reflexivity provides a means of bolstering greater transparency and quality in research. This book recognises the considerable value of reflexivity to researchers, and provides a means to navigate this field. The book is foremost a practical guide which examines reflexivity at different stages of the research process. The editors and contributors offer candid approaches to the subject, which supply readers with diverse strategies on how to do reflexivity in practice. Features * Provides an accessible, practical guide to reflexive research processes, methods and outcomes * Encompasses both the health and social science fields * Includes contributions from international researchers The book is aimed at postgraduate and final year students of health and social sciences. Interested clinicians will also find useful insights in the text.
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Social Research

Issues, Methods and Research

Author: May, Tim

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335235670

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 5005

Sociology & anthropology.
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Reflexivity

The Essential Guide

Author: Tim May,Beth Perry

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473987741

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

View: 3964

Reflexivity – the critical examination of how we see the world – is integral to good research practice. From this state-of-the-art, accessible tour of its history and contemporary relevance, readers will learn of its importance to social research and to society generally. The text introduces a host of influential thinkers and their key ideas on reflexivity, and incorporates examples from a range of disciplines and research settings. Drawing on the authors’ extensive experience of real research settings, this book: Pinpoints the importance of reflexivity in social research Demonstrates its relevance to everyday life Firmly locates the concept in the history of ideas Explores key questions about the bases of knowledge and understanding Presents key thinkers, concepts and issues in easy-to-understand learning boxes The result is a book that provides students and researchers in the social sciences with the knowledge and understanding necessary not only to examine the role of reflexivity in contemporary life, but to apply it in their own research practice.
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The Subcultural Imagination

Theory, Research and Reflexivity in Contemporary Youth Cultures

Author: Shane Blackman,Michelle Kempson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317549716

Category: Social Science

Page: 204

View: 8533

The Subcultural Imagination discusses young adults in subcultures and examines how sociologists use qualitative research methods to study them. Through the application of the ideas of C. Wright Mills to the development of theory-reflexive ethnography, this book analyses the experiences of young people in different subcultural settings, as well as reflecting on how young people in subcultures interact in the wider context of society, biography and history. From Cuba to London, and Bulgaria to Asia, this book delves into urban spaces and street corners, young people’s parties, gigs, BDSM fetish clubs, school, the home, and feminist zines to offer a picture of live sociology in practice. In three parts, the volume explores: history, biography and subculture; practising reflexivity in the field; epistemologies, pedagogies and the subcultural subject. The book offers cutting edge theory and rich empirical research on social class, gender and ethnicities from both established and new researchers across diverse disciplinary backgrounds. It moves the subcultural debate beyond the impasse of the term’s relevance, to one where researchers are fully engaged with the lives of the subcultural subjects. This innovative edited collection will appeal to scholars and students in the areas of sociology, youth studies, media and cultural studies/communication, research methods and ethnography, popular music studies, criminology, politics, social and cultural theory, and gender studies.
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Unhastening Science

Autonomy and Reflexivity in the Social Theory of Knowledge

Author: Dick Pels

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 9780853236382

Category: Social Science

Page: 274

View: 6890

This book offers a new account of what makes science special among other human pursuits, critically engaging with a variety of approaches, especially constructivist and relativist studies of science and technology. It focuses on the studied ‘lack of haste’ of science, its relative stress-freeness and its socially sanctioned withdrawal from the swift pace of ordinary life. Unhastening Science offers a balanced and thoughtful argument which emphasises the dangers of cosseting science from the ‘scourge’ of internal competition while at the same time highlighting the need for ‘distance’ between the process of scientific thought and the faster machinery of politics, business, sports, and the media.
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Reflexivity

Theory, Method and Practice

Author: Karen Lumsden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781138911864

Category: Social sciences

Page: 240

View: 1597

The benefits of reflexivity and its practice in social science research has become largely accepted amongst social researchers, however at present little guidance is given as to the actual practice of �doing� reflexivity. Reflexivity: Theory, Method and Practice draws together methodological, theoretical and philosophical discussions of reflexivity in the social sciences, and interrogates reflexivity as a tool and practice of researchers in the contemporary public engagement and impact context which social researchers and academics are required to negotiate. It explores historical debates on reflexivity and situates these within the practice of various social science methods. The volume examines ethical and moral questions and dilemmas around our relationships with the researched, how they shape the direction of research, the (co-)construction of knowledge, and the identity/ies of the social researcher. This book unpacks philosophical and theoretical debates, providing guidance for researchers on the practice of reflexivity from the beginning to the end (and beyond), of the research process. It is essential reading for an international audience including social researchers, academics, PhD and Masters students in the social sciences and cognate disciplines, as well as undergraduate social science students interested in research methods.
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Reflexivity and Criminal Justice

Intersections of Policy, Practice and Research

Author: Sarah Armstrong,Jarrett Blaustein,Alistair Henry

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137546425

Category: Social Science

Page: 388

View: 5785

This collection presents a diverse set of case studies and theoretical reflections on how criminologists engage with practitioners and policy makers while undertaking research. The contributions to this volume highlight both the challenges and opportunities associated with doing criminological research in a reflexive and collaborative manner. They further examine the ethical and practical implications of the ‘impact’ agenda in the higher education sector with respect to the production and the dissemination of criminological knowledge. Developed to serve as an internationally accessible reference volume for scholars, practitioners and postgraduate criminology students, this book responds to the awareness that criminology as a discipline increasingly encompasses not only the study of crime, but also the agencies, process and structures that regulate it. Key questions include: How can criminal justice policy be studied as part of the field of criminology? How do we account for our own roles as researchers who are a part of the policy process? What factors and dynamics influence, hinder and facilitate ‘good policy’?
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Doing Reflexivity

An Introduction

Author: Jon Dean

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447330846

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 2847

This book provides social science researchers with both a strong rationale for the importance of thinking reflexively and a practical guide to doing it. The first book to build on Pierre Bourdieu's reflexive work, it combines academic analysis with practical examples and case studies. The book will be of interest to researchers and students.
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The A-Z of Social Research

A Dictionary of Key Social Science Research Concepts

Author: Robert Lee Miller,John D Brewer

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761971337

Category: Social Science

Page: 345

View: 2227

The A-Z is a collection of entries ranging from qualitative research techniques to statistical testing and the practicalities of using the Internet as a research tool. Alphabetically arranged in accessible, reader-friendly formats, the shortest entries are 800 words long and the longest are 3000. Most entries are approximately 1500 words in length and are supported by suggestions for further reading.
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Understanding Social Research

Perspectives on Methodology and Practice

Author: George McKenzie,Jane Powell,Robin Usher

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135712263

Category: Education

Page: 245

View: 8844

In 1991 the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) published "Postgraduate Taining Guidelines". Throughout the document emphasis is placed on the need for universities to make postgraduate research students aware of the methodological issues that affect their work.; This text explores the relationship between knowledge, methodology and research practice across the broad spectrum of the social sciences in langage that is accessible to researchers at all levels of their research careers. It follows the themes that there is no single practice or correct methodology, and that the diversity and variety in terms of methodology and disciplinary focus are a sign of the sophistication and complexity of the proceses of social research. The text examines socio-cultural contexts of social research and relates them to contemporary shifts in focus such as feminism, critical theory and postmodernism. The importance of selecting the research methodology most appropriate to the subject discipline concerned is emphasized.
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Reflexivity in Criminological Research

Experiences with the Powerful and the Powerless

Author: Aaron Winter

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137379405

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 1499

This comprehensive collection contributes to, advances and consolidates discussions of the range of research methods in criminology through the presentation of diverse international case studies in which contributors reflect upon their experiences with powerless and powerful individuals or groups.
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Qualitative Research in Action

Author: Tim May

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761960683

Category: Social Science

Page: 402

View: 1516

Rather than being a how-to book, this volume examines the ideas and practices of qualitative research in terms of their applicability for an understanding and explanation of the place of qualitative research in the social sciences.
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Social Theory and Human Reality

Author: Pertti Alasuutari

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761951650

Category: Social Science

Page: 181

View: 3029

This book gets to the heart of what the social sciences really know about the elusive and contradictory object of research: human reality.
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The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods

Author: Michael Lewis-Beck,Alan E Bryman,Tim Futing Liao

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761923633

Category: Social Science

Page: 1305

View: 6589

"The first encyclopedia to cover inclusively both quantitative and qualitative research approaches, this set provides clear explanations of 1,000 methodologies, avoiding mathematical equations when possible with liberal cross-referencing and bibliographies. Each volume includes a list of works cited, and the third contains a comprehensive index and lists of person names, organizations, books, tests, software, major concepts, surveys, and methodologies."--"Reference that rocks," American Libraries, May 2005.
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Objectivity and Subjectivity in Social Research

Author: Gayle Letherby,John Scott,Malcolm Williams

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446271412

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

View: 7470

Objectivity and subjectivity are key concepts in social research. This book, written by leading authors in the field, takes a completely new approach to objectivity and subjectivity, no longer treating them as opposed - as many existing texts do - but as logically and methodologically related in social research. The book debates: - the philosophical bases of objectivity and relativity - relationism and dynamic synthesis - situated objectivity - theorised subjectivity - social objects and realism - objectivity and subjectivity in practice The authors explain complex arguments with great clarity for social science students, while also providing the detail and comprehensiveness required to meet the needs of practising researchers and scholars.
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Theorising Modernity

Reflexivity, Environment & Identity in Giddens' Social Theory

Author: Martin O'Brien,Sue Penna,Colin Hay

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317884183

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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What is modernity? Do we all experience modernity in the same way? How should we understand contemporary social change? This volume explores questions of modernity through critical engagements with the work of Anthony Giddens, focusing in particular on the relationships between his social theory and political sociology. Three substantive areas - reflexivity, environment and identity - are examined theoretically through the relationships between reflexivity and rationality, life politics and institutional power, and universalism and 'difference'. As well as specifically addressing Giddens' reconstruction of sociology, the contributors also explore a wide variety of critical issues currently occupying centre stage in social theory. These include questions about the character of contemporary societies, the periodisation of social change, the processes of change by which societies are constantly made and remade by people, the relationships between the 'social' and the 'natural', the formation and maintenance of identities and matters of epistemology and methodology in social science. Theorising Modernity will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students of sociology, modern political thought, social geography and social policy and to social scientists trying to make sense of the modernity debate. Martin O'Brien is Research at the University of Derby. Sue Penna is a Lecturer in Applied Social Science at Lancaster University. Colin Hay is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK), a Visiting Fellow of the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US) and Research Affiliate of the Centre for European Studies at Harvard University (US).
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Self and Social Change

Author: Matthew Adams

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1848604904

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 6680

'This is a superb book; beautifully written, lucid, and engaging, with illuminating critical discussions of the concept of reflexivity, psychoanalytic perspectives, and Foucaultian analysis, locating these theories in up-to-date research and discussions about class and gender. This book will be indispensable as an aid to students looking for an introduction to concepts of the self set in contemporary everyday contexts that they can relate to. But it will also be useful to teachers and researchers looking for orientation in a complex and burgeoning field of literature and research' - Ian Burkitt, University of Bradford 'Matthew Adams provides a clearly written and concise summary of key theoretical accounts of the meaning of social change for psychic life and the experience of self... Self and Social Change is a terrific book. If looking for an accessible introductory text, look no further' - British Journal of Sociology How does social change influence selfhood? What are the fundamental positions in social theories of the self? How are social changes interwoven with our ability to choose our identities and lifestyles? This accessible and assured book gives readers a new take on the fundamental question of the relation between the individual and society. By offering a thorough, informed and critical guide to the field, Adams demonstrates how global economic and employment structures, neo-liberal discourse, the role of emotion, irrationality and ambiguity are factors that impact upon the shape and resilience of the self. Anyone interested in the question of identity and its relation to cultural, social, economic and political contexts will find this book a God-send, making it ideal for students and lecturers in cultural studies, sociology, social psychology and communications.
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Science of Science and Reflexivity

Author: Pierre Bourdieu

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 074563060X

Category: Science

Page: 129

View: 2346

This book is based on the last course of lectures that Pierre Bourdieu delivered at the College de France. In it he presents a highly illuminating 'Sketch for a self-analysis', applying his theories to himself to show how his social origins and educational capital influenced his academic trajectory and the course of his thinking. It is a book that will be of great interest to students and scholars throughout the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities.
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