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Reflexive Methodology

Reflexive Methodology
New Vistas for Qualitative Research

Second Edition

September 2009 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Praise for the First Edition:

'Reflexive Methodology is a textbook indispensable to any young researcher. It does not tell its readers how to do research. It does something much more important: It shows how research has been done in the qualitative tradition, thus encouraging the readers to make their own choices' - Barbara Czarniawska, Goteborg University

'I would go so far as to argue that this book should be on the reading list of all social scientists and philosophers with an interest in the theory and practice of research' - Prometheus

Reflexive Methodology established itself as a groundbreaking success, providing researchers with an invaluable guide to a central problem in research methodology - how to put field research and interpretations in perspective, paying attention to the interpretive, political and rhetorical nature of empirical research.

Now thoroughly updated, the Second Edition includes a new chapter on positivism, social constructionism and critical realism, and offers new conclusions on the applications of methodology. It also provides further illustrations and updates that build on the acclaimed and successful first edition.

Reflexivity is an essential part of the research process. In this book, Mats Alvesson and Kaj Skoldberg make explicit the links between techniques used in empirical research and different research traditions, giving a theoretically informed approach to qualitative research. The authors provide balanced reviews and critiques of the major schools of grounded theory, ethnography, hermeneutics, critical theory, postmodernism and poststructuralism, discourse analysis, genealogy and feminism.

This book points the way to a more open-minded, creative interaction between theoretical frameworks and empirical research. It continues to be essential reading for students and researchers across the social sciences.

Introduction: The Intellectualization of Method
(Post-)Positivism, Social Constructionism, Critical Realism: Three Reference Points in the Philosophy of Science
Data-Oriented Methods: Empiricist Techniques and Procedures
Hermeneutics: Interpretation and Insight
Critical Theory: The Political and Ideological Dimension
Post-Structuralism and Postmodernism: Destabilizing Subject and Text
Language/Gender/Power: Discourse Analysis, Feminism and Genealogy
On Reflexive Interpretation: The Play of Interpretive Levels
Applications of Reflexive Methodology: Strategies, Criteria, Varieties

A intersting text which considers all aspects of reflexive methodology. A little advance for Early Years Teacher Status hence the reason for not adopting.

Mrs Nikki Fairchild
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
July 11, 2013

An excellent textbook to help understanding in this elusive subject

Ms Carole Smith
Counselor Education , Huddersfield University
July 1, 2013

This textbook provides a thorough and critical introduction to a variety of theories of communication, many of which are usually not considered in methodology books. It is highly recommended for any dedicated research methods course as well as for those needing some in-depth methodological introspection at the post-graduate and academic research level.

Dr Jesse Hearns-Branaman
School of Language & Communication, National Inst of Development Admin
April 10, 2013

An extremely well written text that explores and elaborates on reflexivity. Has been recommended to my MBA students in order to understand reflexive methodology in light of current research.

Mr Amer Shehzad
Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire
March 26, 2013

A very specialized text but containing many interesting ideas and insights.

Mr Faisal Sheikh
Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University
March 15, 2013

This book provides an in-depth understanding by paying attention to the interpretive, political and rhetorical nature of empirical research. It shows how research has been done to give ideas for new researchers in conducting qualitative research.

Dr Chavi Chen
IESEG, School of Management, Catholic University of Lille
December 14, 2012

Although this is a really good book, I feel that it would be a little theoretically and philosophically 'heavy' for undergraduate students. I would however, recommend for postgraduate students.

Mr Hassan Khalil
Sport & Exercise Science & Sports Ther, Hertfordshire University
November 6, 2012

Excellent text,but font rather small which makes it slow reading.

Miss Tracey Barnfather
Midwifery Division, Northampton University
October 22, 2012

The book has a very good structure and gives a very thoroughly overview of the subject.

Mrs Kirsten Andersen
Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School
September 27, 2012

Splendid book which is fairly easy for the students to understand. I have previously used the Swedish version but as some of our students prefer the English language, we will go with this in future.

Ms Marianne Hoeyen
Department of Education, Aarhus University
August 20, 2012

New to the 2nd edition:

  • A chapter on positivism, social constructionism and critical realism
  • Conclusions on the applications of methodology
  • Further illustrations and updates

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Chapter Two

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ISBN: 9781848601116