“Reflexivity refers to the process of critically examining how the researcher and intersubjective elements influence research, described by Finlay (2002) as engagement in “explicit self-aware meta-analysis” (p. 209). The reflexive turn in the social sciences has given rise to feminist, postmodern, poststructural, hermeneutic, interpretive, and critical discourses that signify knowledge and understanding as contextually and historically located, and as linguistically represented (Mauthner & Doucet, 2003). The knowledges produced are hence located within the context of our subjectivities and intersubjectivities, and the spaces that we inhabit at that moment (Sultana, 2007). This attention to reflexivity has contributed to the demystification and situating of knowledge and knowledge production processes, and raised complex questions about the legitimacy, basis, and authority of knowledge claims (Denzin & Lincoln, 2005).”
- (excerpt taken from Suffla, S., Seedat, M., & Bawa, U. (2015). Reflexivity as Enactment of Critical Community Psychologies: Dilemmas of Voice and Positionality in a Multi-Country Photovoice Study. Journal of Community Psychology, 43(1), 9–21. )
b) “Knowing an experience requires more than simply having it; knowing implies being able to identify, describe, and explain.” (Fay, 1996, p. 20).