Reflexivity in Qualitative Research: Two Figurational Studies

  • Adam B. Evans, Anne Nistrup, Hannah Henderson, Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson, Niroshan A. Siriwardena
  • January 2018, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.4135/9781526430656

Reflexivity in qualitative research

Photo by Jakub Gorajek on Unsplash

Photo by Jakub Gorajek on Unsplash

What is it about?

There has been what has been termed a “reflexive shift” in sociological research. Sociological researchers are increasingly encouraged to be “present” within their work, and to recognize their own role in the entire research process. One way to achieve this is through engagement in reflexive practice, that is, to reflect on our own values, beliefs, and biographies and how these influence our research practices. It can be difficult to know exactly how a researcher should engage in these practices, so here we discuss two case studies, to demonstrate reflexivity in action. Both studies collected interview data from staff involved in the provision of physical activity for health.

Why is it important?

Reflexivity is often discussed in the abstract, but in this piece, we draw upon two case studies in order to demonstrate reflexivity in action, 'on the ground'.

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