Using our whole selves: our experiences with reflexivity while researching a community arts-based leisure program

M. Rebecca Genoe, Toni Liechty

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Abstract

Although reflexivity is commonly used in qualitative research, how it is used is rarely acknowledged. Multiple definitions and approaches result in a lack of clarity regarding reflexivity. We actively engaged in a reflexive process as we explored the transition of an arts-based leisure program from public to private service provision. We journaled about our positions, thoughts, and emotions throughout the research process. We analyzed our journals through initial and focused coding. Emerging themes included the impact of our positions on the research, the impact of our experiences with the program on our research, role negotiation, emotions related to role blending, and challenges with reflexivity. We report our experiences with reflexivity and explore how it affected our collaborative research process. We offer several recommendations for researchers to consider when embarking on their own reflexive processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-492
Number of pages24
JournalLeisure/ Loisir
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

Keywords

  • leisure arts
  • qualitative research
  • reflexivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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