Responsibility, we all have it!

Our performance about responsibility today went quite a lot better than our performance of last week. The main thing that I got out of it was the way in which changing your perspective from modern (or post-positivist) to postmodernist has consequences for actually everything, also your responsibility as a researcher or the role of ethics. If you look at ethics, it has always been a minor issue for scholars. Of course they had to think about how they treated e.g. the people who were involved in their experiments, but that was kind of it. However, from a postmodernist perspective you believe that there is not one good way of doing research and that your results do not represent reality but rather construct reality . Therefore you have to be more reflexive when it comes to the consequences of your study.

Another interesting point that I got out of the discussion today was that looking at research from a social constructionist perspective does not mean that one excludes or thinks it is bad to do research with postpositivist methods. This is just one of the ways you can do research and it is one of the ways that research is done (and regarded as valid) in a specific place at a specific time. In certain contexts, certain types of knowledge are valid (see also my reply about validity to Derrick in this blog).

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One Response to Responsibility, we all have it!

  1. yes, & I think one of the key issues is that responsibility becomes seen as relational – not individual… see McNamee, Gergen & associates Relational Responsibility, Sage, 1999

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