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Reflexivity

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By: Emilie Morwenna Whitaker & Paul Atkinson | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2019 | Length:   5 | DOI: |
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Central to reflexivity is an awareness that the researcher and the object of study exist in a mutual relationship with one another. Thus, reflexivity calls for attention to how thinking comes to be, how it is shaped by preexisting knowledge, and how research claims are made. The topic of reflexivity is pervasive in the methodological literature of the social sciences. It is an issue for the social sciences in general, but it has particular significance for ethnographic and other qualitative research (Davies, 2008). There is no single definition of reflexivity: It has multiple meanings and connotations (Babcock, 1980). Moreover, it is apparent that some usages of “reflexivity” actually overlook its core significance. The aim of this entry is to clarify some of the main issues ...

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