Interactive research through life world integration: the interactive researcher as a virtual actor in communicative action processes
2008 (English)In: NERA Congress,2008, 2008Conference paper (Other academic)
Action researchers and for instance the democratic dialogue of Bjorn Gustavsen have previously used Habermasian theory. As will be shown there are major problems with connecting Habermas to action research and critique will especially be put on the democratic dialogue of Bjorn Gustavsen. However, interactive research has not before been discussed from a Habermasian perspective. I will argue for interactive research as well suited for a connection to Habermasian theory. Interactive research is discussed primarily in accordance to the following themes in Habermas theory of communicative action: system and lifeworld, the idea of an ideal speech situation through validity claims and the concept of a virtual actor. The result shows that Habermasian thinking and interactive research can be a successful combination. With a Habermasian perspective interactive research can still be conducted with and not on participants in research. The Habermasian inspired interactive researcher becomes a virtual actor both observing and taking part in language processes. Further, the virtual actor has to obey the same validity claims as the participants in the research process. The only difference between the virtual actor and the participant is that the virtual actor will not engage in the goal-oriented actions of the group. This is however confirmed in interactive research were the goal-oriented actions of the research is put in the background and focus instead lies on the joint learning process. Mutual analyze seminars, observations and focus groups are tools which can be used in Habermasian inspired interactive research. Finally, an interactive research through lifeworld integration appears.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Interactive research, action research, communicative action, Habermas, lifeworld, system, communicative action, language, virtual actor, validity claims
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-42100Local ID: 60494OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-42100DiVA: diva2:262955