Journal article

The ambivalent practices of reflexivity

B Davies, J Browne, S Gannon, E Honan, C Laws, B Mueller-Rockstroh, EB Petersen

Qualitative Inquiry | Published : 2004

Abstract

Reflexivity involves turning one’s reflexive gaze on discourse—turning language back on itself to see the work it does in constituting the world. The subject/researcher sees simultaneously the object of her or his gaze and the means by which the object (which may include oneself as subject) is being constituted. The consciousness of self that reflexive writing sometimes entails may be seen to slip inadvertently into constituting the very (real) self that seems to contradict a focus on the constitutive power of discourse. This article explores this site of slippage and of ambivalence. In a collective biography on the topic of reflexivity, the authors tell and write stories about reflexivity a..

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