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Reflexivity through Introspection and Dialogue: A methodology for re-searching the familiarity of lived academic reality
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, ESOL (Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Organization, Leadership).
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, ESOL (Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Organization, Leadership).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4248-0634
2009 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Alvesson (2003a) encourages us to engage in close-up studies of the well known and familiar territories of our own organizations in academia, as academic organizations are less frequently made the subject/object of research. But as the title of his article suggests the endeavour to engage in close-up studies involves a struggle with the somewhat contradictory practices of closeness and closure. In this paper, inspired by the reflexive turn in social science in general, we suggest a methodological approach to deal with the struggles of closeness and closure but even more importantly to re-search (re-interpret, re-present and re-embody) the familiarity of lived everyday professional life. The methodology we advocate builds on a combination of inner and outer conversations conceptualised as introspection and dialogue. A trigger point and also a result of these conversations are experiences of bodily unease or the unpleasantly dirty experience of non consenting body over mind Inter-Acts in the academic context. Our specific concern is the process of learning how to become a researcher and we focus on what could be conceptualized as and the consequences of the people processing devices during socialization within a specific academic organization during the years leading up to dissertation but also more broadly into academia in general and the role of the researcher (van Maanen & Schein 1979, Berger & Luckmann 1966). We suggest that body over mind discourse in the academic workplace contributes to the disembodied researcher – whereas the result of the methodology suggested in this paper could contribute to explore its consequences and possibly encourage re-embodiment. Instead of treating body as a problematic feature of research we suggest that at-home ethnography involving strong auto-ethnographic dimensions can place bodily experiences of unease at the centre of attention, where the body serves as a tool informing the reflexive research process.

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2009.
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methodology, ethnography, introspection, dialogue
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-13284OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-13284DiVA: diva2:353658
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4th Annual International Ethnography Symposium
Available from: 2010-09-28 Created: 2010-09-28 Last updated: 2015-11-06

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