oa Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology - Reflective Lifeworld Research, K. Dahlberg, H. Dahlberg, & M. Nyström : book review
Reflective Lifeworld Research is a suitable title for a text that argues for, and gives convincing philosophical credence to, a qualitative sensibility in the human sciences. The key concept is 'reflective'. This is a rightful scientific attitude, the implications of which become the main theme of an academic publication that finally articulates messages that have been superficially addressed in newer texts in qualitative research. In other introductory human science research texts (such as Murray, 2004; Terre Blanche, Durrheim, & Painter, 2006; Willig, 2008), adopting a reflective attitude or its more political variation, reflexivity, is recommended. However, other introductory texts appear to avoid a philosophically rigorous grappling with the reflective and / or reflexive attitude in research. Reflective Lifeworld Research takes on this challenge and succeeds in a manner that avoids activist or apologetic discourses, instead adhering to an empirical discourse. This becomes the main strength of Reflective Lifeworld Research, a well-grounded and sensible contribution to methodology in the human sciences.
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