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Reflexivity in the age of reconstructive social science

May, Tim ORCID: 2014. Reflexivity in the age of reconstructive social science. International Journal of Social Research Methodology 1 (1) , pp. 7-24. 10.1080/13645579.1998.10846860

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Calls to reflexivity in social science have a long history. This article, after defining the terms endogenous and referential reflexivity, examines that history within several traditions. It argues that this history has tended to prioritize endogenous over referential reflexivity through an over-emphasis on the process of social research compared to what is learnt about social relations. As a result, interactions within the social world and the potential for transformations are not adequately understood, nor are the relations between the social sciences and social life.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
ISSN: 14645300 13645579
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2023 15:45

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