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Subjectivity and reflexivity in qualitative research – a new FQS issue

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Mruck, Katja; Breuer, Franz

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Abstract By publishing two FQS issues on "Subjectivity and Reflexivity in Qualitative Research", we address a topic that is central for modern science. On the one hand, there are many demands from philosophy of science and there are numerous methods that aim at eliminating researchers' impact on the research process except in controlled treatments. On the other hand, the insight spread that researchers, in continuously interacting with those being researched, inevitably influence and structure research processes and their outcomes – through their personal and professional characteristics, by leaning on theories and methods available at a special time and place in their (sub-) cultures, disciplines and nations. This is especially (but not exclusively) true for qualitative research, because qualitative methods are less structured than quantitative methods, and qualitative researchers interact for most part very closely with research participants in their respective research fields.
Keywords qualitative method; research; social research; subjectivity; reflexivity; scientist; reactivity effect
Classification Research Design
Document language English
Publication Year 2003
Page/Pages p. 189-212
Journal Historical Social Research, 28 (2003) 3
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works