Reflexivity for what? A response to Gewirtz and Cribb on the role of values in the sociology of education

Hammersley, Martyn (2008). Reflexivity for what? A response to Gewirtz and Cribb on the role of values in the sociology of education. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 29(5) pp. 549–558.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01425690802263718

Abstract

This article is a reply to Gewirtz and Cribb's argument for ethical reflexivity, presented in a previous issue of this journal. These authors compared their views with mine, suggesting a way in which the differences between our positions could be overcome. I argue that, while there is certainly substantial agreement, there are also some fundamental differences between us, notably about the goal of research. Indeed, in my view, what they recommend involves a greatly increased danger of bias and a version of scientism. At issue here is, in large part, the kind of ethical reflexivity that is appropriate in sociological work.

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