Doing ‘judgemental rationality’ in empirical research : the importance of depth-reflexivity when researching in prison

Quraishi, MM ORCID:, Irfan, L ORCID:, Schneuwly Purdie, M ORCID: and Wilkinson, MLN ORCID: 2022, 'Doing ‘judgemental rationality’ in empirical research : the importance of depth-reflexivity when researching in prison' , Journal of Critical Realism, 21 (1) , pp. 25-45.

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Critical realist thought has theorised convincingly that ontological realism is constellationally embedded in epistemic relativism which in turn necessitates judgemental rationality. In social science, judgemental rationality involves acting upon plausible decisions about competing points of view. However, the tools for doing this are, as yet, under-articulated. This paper addresses this absence by articulating triangulation and depth-reflexivity as two tools for doing judgemental rationality in empirical research. It draws on the experiences of a diverse team working on an international comparative research project on conversion to Islam in prisons. It demonstrates how epistemic and relational gaps between researchers and research subjects can be bridged by mobilising the ‘laminated’ properties and personal attributes of a diverse research team that factors in attributes that are absent as well as those present. The biographical experiences of the team are analyzed in a variety of intersecting dimensions: faith, ethnicity/ethno-culture, gender, class and professionality.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Critical Realism
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1476-7430
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Funders: The Dawes Trust
Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2021 10:37
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 16:52

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