Embedding reflexivity within experiential qualitative psychology


In this article, it is argued that reflexivity is integral to experiential qualitative research in psychology. Reflexivity has been defined in many ways. Woolgar’s continuum of reflexivity though provides a useful gauge by which to judge whether a researcher is involved in simple reflection or reflexivity. The article demonstrates the benefits of adopting a reflexive attitude by presenting “challenge-to-competency.” The author’s encounter with Sarah will help illustrate the role of reflexivity both in data generation and in interpretative analysis. To close, it is proposed that reflexivity as hermeneutic reflection, with its grounding in hermeneutics and phenomenology, is a useful construct for guiding our engagement in reflexivity in experiential qualitative research.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14780880802699092
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Shaw, Rachel L. (2004). Making sense of violence: a study of narrative meaning. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 1 (2), pp. 131-151. Qualitative Research in Psychology is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1478-0887&volume=7&issue=3&spage=233
Uncontrolled Keywords: hermeneutics,interpretative phenomenological analysis,phenomenology,reflexivity,Psychology(all)
Publication ISSN: 1478-0895
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2024 07:08
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2011 10:00
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2010-07
Authors: Shaw, Rachel L. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0438-7666)


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