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Ethical Reflections: Examining Reflexivity Through the Narrative Paradigm


Bishop, EC and Shepherd, ML, Ethical Reflections: Examining Reflexivity Through the Narrative Paradigm, Qualitative Health Research, 21, (9) pp. 1283-1294. ISSN 1049-7323 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1049732311405800


Being reflexive and providing these reflections for public scrutiny is often considered a key element of ethical, rigorous qualitative research. Prevalent conceptualizations of reflexivity, however, need interrogating and sharpening. We aim to contribute to this by examining reflexive practice, and in particular researchers' reflexive accounts, through the lens of the narrative paradigm. Our aim is to demonstrate that acknowledging the role of narrative reconstruction in reflexivity creates more ethical research, and that it is therefore crucial for researchers to more explicitly recognize this. Both authors present an analysis of one particular exchange between interviewer and participant. This analysis highlights that despite our best efforts at "doing reflexivity", both immediately following and when reflecting back on an interview, there are influential factors that escape our gaze. Reflections of the past are particularly imperfect. Without fully recognizing this, we are not utilizing all the tools available for ensuring honest, ethical research.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:biographical analysis, narrative inquiry, reflexivity, qualitative research, self
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociological methodology and research methods
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Bishop, EC (Dr Emily Bishop)
UTAS Author:Shepherd, ML (Mrs Marie Shepherd)
ID Code:73110
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:38
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2011-09-14
Last Modified:2014-10-07

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