Positioning the Researcher

  • Charlotte Burck


Qualitative researchers see self-reflexivity as being central to the research processes. This stems from the adoption of a social constructionist stance in which knowledge is considered as constructed and situated, and therefore calls on the researcher to take responsibility for their own positioning (Lincoln and Guba 1994). The importance of scrutinizing one’s personal and theoretical assumptions and values as researcher and of examining their impact throughout the research process has been addressed by a number of qualitative researchers (Burck and Frosh 1994; Steier 1991; Wilkinson and Kitzinger 1996), and it is particularly crucial in researching questions personal to the researcher. Indeed, it is through the maintenance of self-reflexivity that qualitative research has legitimized the exploration of questions personal to the researcher.


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