Reflexive Practice in Live Sociology: Lessons from researching Brexit in the lives of British Citizens living in the EU-27

Benson, Michaela and O'Reilly, Karen. 2020. Reflexive Practice in Live Sociology: Lessons from researching Brexit in the lives of British Citizens living in the EU-27. Qualitative Research, ISSN 1468-7941 [Article] (In Press)

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Abstract or Description

This paper brings reflexivity into conversation with debates about positionality and live sociology to argue for reflexivity to be reimagined as an enduring practice that is collaborative, responsible, iterative, engaged, agile, and creative. We elaborate our argument with reference to examples and contemplations drawn from our experiences researching what Brexit means for Britons living in the EU27 for the BrExpats research project, which was informed from the outset by reflexive practice. We outline three (of a number of) potential strategies for engaging in reflexive practice: reflexive positioning, reflexive navigating, and reflexive interpreting or sense-making. We acknowledge that these are not separate actions in practice but are conceptually distinguishable aspects of an ongoing reflexive practice, informed by our understanding of the cognitive relationship between reflexivity and practice theory.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794120977795

Keywords:

Reflexive practice, live sociology, positionally, researching Brexit, British citizens in the EU-27, qualitative research, reflexivity, live methods

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
9 November 2020Accepted
8 December 2020Published Online

Item ID:

29422

Date Deposited:

16 Nov 2020 10:31

Last Modified:

13 Jun 2021 11:53

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/29422

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