Contours in reflexivity: Commitment, criteria and change

May, T 2010, 'Contours in reflexivity: Commitment, criteria and change' , Methodological Innovations Online, 5 (1) , pp. 22-44.

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This article examines the intellectual contours in calls to reflexivity in social research. In charting changes in these calls and their ideas on the role of social research in society, the article draws out lessons for future orientation. Whilst highlighting that the contribution of social research to our common understanding is part of its vitality, different authors have sought to see it in terms of how social actions are produced in research texts, via the role of experience as a starting point for reflexivity, to deploying exclusion of the researcher from dominant forces in order to produce more accurate explanations of social relations. Overall, we can be left bewildered in the face of these differences. Yet the article concludes by arguing that each has its place for clarifying the role and place of social research in society, but that they should not be over-extended as that produces an inward-looking perspective and leads to a paralysis in practice.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: Methodological Innovations Online
Publisher: University of Plymouth
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1748-0612
Depositing User: VL Simpson
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2010 14:15
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 09:35

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