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Reflexive Methodology


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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 Post-Structuralism 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

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Mats Alvesson holds a chair in the Business Administration department at Lund University in Sweden and is also part-time professor at University of Queensland Business School. He has done extensive research and published widely in the areas of qualitative and reflexive methodology, critical theory, organizational culture, knowledge work, identity in organizations, gender, organizational change, management consultancy etc. He has published 20 books with leading publishers and hundreds of articles, many of which are widely cited and used on higher levels in university education.


The quality coverage of theoretical and methodological approaches in previous chapters will give most researchers the tools to be able to attempt a reflexive interpretive process...There is a sense of richness, depth and argumentation that should satisfy most readers. Admirably, the narrative drive of the volume is never lost under the collective weight of the different approaches covered. The authors' argument that qualitative researchers should be open to recognising and utilising a multiplicity of approaches is compelling, and in their framework for reflexive interpretation, they offer a persuasive and largely usable tool for doing so.

Qualitative Methods in Psychology

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