Reflexive methodology : new vistas for qualitative research / Mats Alvesson and Kaj Sköldberg.

by Alvesson, Mats, 1956- [author.]Looking glass; Sköldberg, Kaj, 1942- [author.]Looking glass.

Publisher: Los Angeles, california ; SAGE, 2009.Edition: Second edition.Description: x, 350 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781848601123; 1848601123; 9781848601116; 1848601115.Subject(s): Social sciences -- ResearchLooking glass | Social sciences -- MethodologyLooking glassNote: Previous ed.: 2000.Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 320-341) and index.
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Praise for the First Edition :

′ Reflexive Methodology is a textbook indispensable to any young researcher. It does not tell its readers how to do research. It does something much more important: It shows how research has been done in the qualitative tradition, thus encouraging the readers to make their own choices′ - Barbara Czarniawska, Goteborg University

′I would go so far as to argue that this book should be on the reading list of all social scientists and philosophers with an interest in the theory and practice of research′ - Prometheus

Reflexive Methodology established itself as a groundbreaking success, providing researchers with an invaluable guide to a central problem in research methodology - how to put field research and interpretations in perspective, paying attention to the interpretive, political and rhetorical nature of empirical research.

Now thoroughly updated, the Second Edition includes a new chapter on positivism, social constructionism and critical realism, and offers new conclusions on the applications of methodology. It also provides further illustrations and updates that build on the acclaimed and successful first edition.

Reflexivity is an essential part of the research process. In this book, Mats Alvesson and Kaj Skoldberg make explicit the links between techniques used in empirical research and different research traditions, giving a theoretically informed approach to qualitative research. The authors provide balanced reviews and critiques of the major schools of grounded theory, ethnography, hermeneutics, critical theory, postmodernism and poststructuralism, discourse analysis, genealogy and feminism.

This book points the way to a more open-minded, creative interaction between theoretical frameworks and empirical research. It continues to be essential reading for students and researchers across the social sciences.

Previous ed.: 2000.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 320-341) and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction: the intellectualization of method
  • (Post-)positivism, social constructionism, critical realism: three reference points in the philosophy of science
  • Data-oriented methods: empiricist techniques and procedures
  • Hermeneutics: interpretation and insight
  • Critical theory: the political and ideological dimension
  • Poststructuralism and postmodernism: destabilizing subject and text
  • Language/gender/power: discourse analysis, feminism and genealogy
  • On reflexive interpretation: the play of interpretive levels
  • Applications of reflexive methodology: strategies, criteria, varieties

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Mats Alvesson is at the Department of Business Administration at Lund University and is also associated with the University of Queensland Business School.
Kaj Skldberg is Professor in the Research Unit of Stockholm Business School.

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