Journal article

Applied Research, Diffractive Methodology, and the Research-Assemblage: Challenges and Opportunities

Nick J Fox, Pam Alldred

SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ONLINE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

This article offers a critical assessment of the challenges for policy- and practice-oriented social research of ‘diffractive methodology’ (DM): a post-representational approach to data analysis gaining interest among social researchers. Diffractive analyses read data from empirical research alongside other materials – including researchers’ perspectives, memories, experiences, and emotions – to provide novel insights on events. While this analytical approach acknowledges the situatedness of all research data, it raises issues concerning the applicability of findings for policy or practice. In addition, it does not elucidate in what ways and to what extent the diffractions employed during an..

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