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Bricolage and Bricoleur

By: Ainslie Yardley | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2019 | Length:   3 | DOI: |
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In simple terms, bricolage is understood as a practice of making do with the materials one has at hand. The bricoleur is someone who engages in this practice. The use of these terms in a research environment originated in anthropology and has, over time, accrued additional meanings. It is now a term that encompasses a diverse collection of complexity-sensitive methods and theoretical positions used in qualitative inquiry across a wide range of research disciplines, from critical pedagogy, social ecology, and theory of entrepreneurship to architecture, biology, and remix studies. Bricolage is characterised by the transdisciplinary, multiperspectival nature of its discourse, by its responsiveness to contextual contingency, by its continually evolving processes and practice, and by the absence of any single normative framework for evaluating its ...

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