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The interactive researcher as a virtual participant: A Habermasian interpretation
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Sociology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2013 (English)In: Action Research, ISSN 1476-7503, E-ISSN 1741-2617, Vol. 11, no 2, 194-212 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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.

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Sage Publications, 2013. Vol. 11, no 2, 194-212 p.
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Action research, communicative action, communicative rationality, Habermas, interactive research, performative action, virtual participant
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Educational Sciences Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-92388DOI: 10.1177/1476750313484503ISI: 000320431800007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-92388DiVA: diva2:620689
Available from: 2013-05-10 Created: 2013-05-10 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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