chapter  4
8 Pages

Reflectivity and the Researchers' Perspective

WithAdital Ben-Ari, Guy Enosh

In this chapter, we claim that researchers' reflectivity involves reflecting upon the ways in which our own values, experiences, interests, beliefs and political commitments shape our identities. It also involves the need to be aware of one’s social context and the influence of societal and ideological constraints on previously taken-for-granted practices. This self-reflexive position is only one key to the understanding of how we construct the maps of our comprehension of the phenomena we are studying. In addition, we also suggest different levels of analysis at which researcher's reflectivity may occur, from observation, through informants' accounts, through text deliberation, to contextualization and reconstruction.