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Scientific Knowledge through Involvement – How to Do Respectful Othering

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Garmann Johnsen, Hans Christian

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Abstract "The theme of this article is how we as social scientists can research others through involvement, and develop true knowledge about the other without “othering” them, that is, not objectifying them or making them an instrument in our research, but rather be respectful of the other as a person. The thesis of this article is that othering is a matter of degree as well as principles. Social science and Action research can do respectful othering. Doing that is both a matter of personal skill and the wisdom of the researcher and of complying with some design principles. I argue that these design principles can be related to four areas of knowledge that we are likely to find in an involved research situation: knowledge about oneself, knowledge about the other, knowledge about the relation and knowledge about the situation." (author's abstract)
Keywords action research; knowledge; research process; research approach; research topic; identity; alienation
Classification Sociology of Science, Sociology of Technology, Research on Science and Technology; Philosophy of Science, Theory of Science, Methodology, Ethics of the Social Sciences
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 43-74
Journal International Journal of Action Research, 6 (2010) 1
ISSN 1861-1303
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications