Researcher and Employee: Reflections on Reflective Practice in Rural Development Research

Ruth McAreavey

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Abstract

This article describes an ethnographic study that was used to critically assess the links between rural development policy and practice. It does so from the novel perspective of the researcher as an employee in the organisation where the ethnography study was conducted. The article argues that this distinctive position gives rise to specific methodological issues. Particular attention is paid in the analysis to marginalised issues in reflexive practice literature, namely, the structural context. In so doing this research places at centre stage the importance of reflexivity in the field of rural sociology, an area in which to date it has had limited acceptance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-407
Number of pages19
JournalSociologia Ruralis
Volume48
Issue number4
Early online date28 Apr 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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