Pragmatic Apparatus – Practising reflexivity: Ethics, methodology and theory construction

Cited by Lee Sonogan

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Abstract by Supriya Subramani

Reflexivity as a concept and practice is widely recognized and acknowledged in qualitative social science research. In this article, through an account of the ‘reflexive moments’ I encountered during my doctoral research, which employed critical theory perspective and constructivist grounded theory methodology, I elaborate how ethics, methodology and theory construction are intertwined. Further, I dwell on the significance of reflexivity, particularly in qualitative research analysing bioethics concepts. Through an account of the universal ethical principles that ‘I’, as a researcher, encounter, and a micro-analysis of the observed relationships that influence the theoretical construction and arguments developed, I explore the quandaries an ethics researcher undertaking a reflexive approach faces. I elucidate that reflexivity unveils – for both researcher and reader – how the researcher(s) arrive(s) at certain positions during the knowledge construction process. I conclude by stating that reflexivity demystifies the moral and epistemological stances of both the study and researcher(s).

Publication: Methodological Innovations (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Pub Date: Jul 10, 2019 Doi:

Keywords: Reflexivity, ethics, constructivist grounded theory, methodology, bioethics, qualitative research (Plenty more sections and references in this research article)

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