Between the Saying and the Said: From Self-reflexivity to Other-vulnerability in The Research Process’

Oxford University Press
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Language and Communication at Work Discourse, Narrativity, and Organizing, 2014, pp. 325 - 348
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While process theory has effectively and systematically been employed in the study of organizations, such considerations have rarely been extended to questioning the research process itself. This chapter takes a process approach to language use, power relations and the ethics of response in organizational research We start with a discussion of reflexivity in research and extend this through a more radical contestation of the subjectivity-objectivity divide, a contestation that is key to the process philosophy of pragmatism. To address a potential one-sidedness of researcher self-reflexivity—with perils of objectification, interpretive monopoly and lack of receptivity—we turn to the work of Lévinas. We explore the possibilities that are open to researchers if we approach the research process from a position of othervulnerability. We use two illustrative examples and discuss implications for research collaboration, conversations and participation in theorizing.
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