Distributing reflexivity through co-laborative ethnography

  • In ethnographic research and analysis, reflexivity is vital to achieving constant coordination between field and concept work. However, it has been conceptualized predominantly as an ethnographer’s individual mental capacity. In this article, we draw on ten years of experience in conducting research together with partners from social psychiatry and mental health care across different research projects. We unfold three modes of achieving reflexivity co-laboratively: contrasting and discussing disciplinary concepts in interdisciplinary working groups and feedback workshops; joint data interpretation and writing; and participating in political agenda setting. Engaging these modes reveals reflexivity as a distributed process able to strengthen the ethnographer’s interpretative authority, and also able to constantly push the conceptual boundaries of the participating disciplines and professions.

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Author:Patrick Bieler, Milena D. Bister, Janine Hauer, Martina Klausner, Jörg Niewöhner, Christine Schmid, Sebastian von Peter
Parent Title (German):Journal of contemporary ethnography
Publisher:Sage Publications
Place of publication:London [u.a.]
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2020/11/03
Date of first Publication:2020/11/03
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2021/01/06
Tag:anthropology; collaboration; ethnographic knowledge production; interpretative authority; reflexivity
Page Number:22
First Page:77
Last Page:98
Institutes:Gesellschaftswissenschaften / Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0