Reflexivity - the essential guide

May, T. & Perry, B. (2017) Reflexivity - the essential guide. Sage Publications

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9781446295175 (paperback) 9781446295168 (hardcover)
Beth Perry Tim May
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Reflexivity – the critical examination of how we see the world – is integral to good research practice. From this state-of-the-art, accessible tour of its history and contemporary relevance, readers will learn of its importance to social research and to society generally. The text introduces a host of influential thinkers and their key ideas on reflexivity, and incorporates examples from a range of disciplines and research settings. Drawing on the authors’ extensive experience of real research settings, this book:

Pinpoints the importance of reflexivity in social research

Demonstrates its relevance to everyday life

Firmly locates the concept in the history of ideas

Explores key questions about the bases of knowledge and understanding

Presents key thinkers, concepts and issues in easy-to-understand learning boxes

The result is a book that provides students and researchers in the social sciences with the knowledge and understanding necessary not only to examine the role of reflexivity in contemporary life, but to apply it in their own research practice. (text from Sage Publishing)

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