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ERIC Number: EJ1189913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1364-5579
Exploring Provocation as a Research Method in the Social Sciences
Pangrazio, Luci
International Journal of Social Research Methodology, v20 n2 p225-236 2017
This paper explores provocation as an approach towards social science research. While routinely used in natural science and arts research, this paper argues provocation might enable the social science researcher to initiate critical reflection amongst participants on issues that are often otherwise overlooked, obscured or accepted as naturalised practice. By assuming the role of provocateur, stimulator and/or agitator, the social science researcher can interrupt the flow of everyday life in order to illuminate and draw attention to complex social issues. Using research interventions that embrace, rather than deny, the socially constructed nature of the research process, provocation provides an alternative to largely non-obtrusive methods favoured in much social science research. This paper concludes by outlining the practical and methodological issues associated with this approach -- in particular the complicated ethics of provoking reflection on topics that might not have otherwise come to the participant's attention.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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