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Reflexivity: A Practical Guide for Researchers in Health and Social Sciences

Linda Finlay (Editor), Brendan Gough (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-77698-8
272 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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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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Contributors.

Prologue.

Part I: Introducing Reflexivity.

Introduction;.

Chapter 1. The reflexive journey, mapping by multiple routes;.

Chapter 2. Deconstructing reflexivity;.

Part II: Personal Reflexivity.

Introduction;.

Chapter 3. Necessary subjectivity: exploiting researcher's motives, passions and prejudices in pursuit of answering the 'true' questions;.

Chapter 4. Three journeys towards reflexivity;.

Chapter 5. Navigating multiple research identities: reflexivity in discourse analytic research;.

Chapter 6. Doing reflexivities? Dilemmas in devloping a critically reflexive position using discourse analysis;.

Chapter 7. Reflexivity as presence: a journey of self-inquiry;.

Part III: Reflexivity Within Relationships.

Introduction.

Chapter 8. Through the looking glass: inter-subjectivity and hermeneutic reflection;.

Chapter 9. Analysing the interviewer: the joint construction of accounts of psychotic experience;.

Chapter 10. Reflexivity, 'bias' and the in-depth interview: developing shared meanings;.

Chapter 11. Shifting researcher positions during a group interview study: a reflexive analysis and review;.

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Part IV: Reflexivity Through Collaboration.

Introduction.

Chapter 12. Doing reflexivity: a collaborative, narrative approach;.

Chapter 13. Shifting identities: the negotiation of meanings between texts and between persons;.

Chapter 14. Researcher as storyteller and performer: parallels with playback theatre;.

Chapter 15. Using reflexivity to looses theoretical and organisational knots within participatory action research;.

Chapter 16. Holding up the mirror to widen the view: multiple subjectivities in the reflexive team;.

Epilogue.

Chapter 17: The next turn: reflexively analysing reflexive research;.

Index

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* 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
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'...an excellent introductory text on the principles and practices of reflexivity'

Qualitative Research in Psychology

'In an utterly accessible and compelling way, it has mapped out the terrain of reflexivity in qualitative research and invited other to continue the journey'

Qualitative Research in Psychology

Pre-Publication Review Comments

I have enjoyed the reflexive journey very much, learned a lot and been excited to learn more. What else can one say of a well written and thought provoking book? . . . This is a book that is well overdue. I think it will attract a lot of interest – especially from those intrigued by methodology. I look forward to introducing my students to this text and I wish the editors every success.
Vivien Hollis
Professor and Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, Canada

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