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ERIC Number: EJ1200096
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1364-5579
Acknowledging and Transcending 'Failure': Lifeworld Possibilities and System Constraints
Ross, Karen; Call-Cummings, Meagan
International Journal of Social Research Methodology, v22 n1 p97-109 2019
In this article, we interrogate the concept of methodological 'failures' as they arise during fieldwork, in the process of collecting empirical data. We highlight how the techniques of validity horizon matrices and power analysis can be used as methodological tools to illustrate moments in the fieldwork process where these 'failures' occur and to illustrate what makes them 'failures' rather than just opportunities for learning. Drawing on examples from our own research, we use validity horizon matrices to suggest that 'failures' largely occur as a result of disagreements about backgrounded, implicit normative claims. We distinguish between 'failures' where communicative possibilities exist for negotiating norms and those where systemic constraints make critique impossible, though we acknowledge that in practice opportunities for negotiating power are limited.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Idaho; Israel