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Foto på Fredriik Sandberg av Theo Hagman-Rogowski

Fredrik Sandberg

Docent | Universitetslektor

Foto på Fredriik Sandberg av Theo Hagman-Rogowski

The interactive researcher as a virtual participant : A Habermasian interpretation

Författare

  • Fredrik Sandberg
  • Andreas Wallo

Summary, in English

This article explores the role of the interactive researcher by drawing on Jürgen Habermas's theory of communicative action to develop the concept of virtual participant. An ideal interactive research project is used to explore the issues faced by interactive researchers in three phases - initial, implementation and conclusion. In each phase, an interactive research project is used to demonstrate the issues that are discussed. First, this article argues that the concept of communicative rationality can be helpful in understanding how mutually trusting relationships between practitioners and researchers can be established at the beginning of a project. Second, it argues that the idea of taking a virtual stand on validity claims can be used during a project to engage a performative attitude and achieve mutual understanding with actors in the practice system. Third, this article argues that the concept of the virtual participant can explain how the interactive researcher can engage in performative action without becoming captive to the practice system. The concept of the virtual participant helps to enhance understanding of the complexity of the role of the interactive researcher.

Publiceringsår

2013-06

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

194-212

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Action Research

Volym

11

Issue

2

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

SAGE Publications

Nyckelord

  • Action research
  • communicative action
  • communicative rationality
  • Habermas
  • interactive research
  • performative action
  • virtual participant

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 1476-7503