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Boundary work in collaborative inquiry: Framing the contributions

May, Tim ORCID: 2022. Boundary work in collaborative inquiry: Framing the contributions. Methodological Innovations 15 (3) , pp. 331-340. 10.1177/20597991221129783

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This article situates the contributions to this special issue. It does so by examining the process of methodological justification and the relations between the content of knowledge and the context of production. Boundary work concerning these dynamics, along with issues applicability and credibility, along with the university as a core site of social research practice, are discussed. Once engagement with communities comes into the process of co-production, there is an ambivalence both among academics and universities concerning the place of such work. This leads to a set of devilish dichotomies in research practice that requires intensive boundary work in a process characterized as active intermediation between varying expectations. Framing the contributions in this way enables an enlargement of the scope of research with different communities in terms of boundaries of practice, whilst also questioning the selectivity that informs the impact and engagement agendas in universities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 2059-7991
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 October 2022
Date of Acceptance: 11 October 2022
Last Modified: 16 May 2023 01:15

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