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Etnography and Reflexivity

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Cardano, Mario

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Abstract This essay deals with a relevant and controversial topic – objectivity in ethnographic research. More specifically, I would like to examine how reflexive procedures, more precisely “reflexive account”, can increase the robustness of results gained through an ethnographic research. The essay is organized in five parts. I will start by giving a preliminary definition of the two key concepts which are at the center of the analysis – objectivity and reflexivity. I will then give a brief description of the epistemological framework in which the proposed conceptions of objectivity and reflexivity are located. Thirdly, I move on to consider the epistemic status of ethnographic research, and will emphasize that ethnographies are not just “theory-laden”, as many writers have stated, but also “praxis” or “procedure laden”. In other words, I will stress that it is not only theories which are inevitably embedded in research, influencing how observations can be made; much the same can also be said of the concrete research practices which contribute to determine the experience of the ethnographer and its representation in a text. Fourthly, I will discuss why it is useful to employ reflexive practices, and then immediately afterwards will illustrate the ways in which reflexive descriptions can contribute to greater objectivity of ethnographic accounts. In conclusion, I will discuss a number of objections which have been raised against this use of reflexivity.
Thesaurusschlagwörter ethnography; reflexivity; objectivity; epistemology; theory-practice
Klassifikation Ethnologie, Kulturanthropologie, Ethnosoziologie; Wissenschaftstheorie, Wissenschaftsphilosophie, Wissenschaftslogik, Ethik der Sozialwissenschaften
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2014
Seitenangabe S. 1-11
Zeitschriftentitel European Quarterly of Political Attitudes and Mentalities, 3 (2014) 1
ISSN 2285-4916
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz Creative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht kommerz., Keine Bearbeitung
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