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The interactive researcher as a virtual participant : A Habermasian interpretation

Sandberg, Fredrik LU and Wallo, Andreas (2013) In Action Research 11(2). p.194-212
Abstract

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... (More)

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. © The Author(s) 2013 Reprints and permissions sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

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Action research, communicative action, communicative rationality, Habermas, interactive research, performative action, virtual participant
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19 pages
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10.1177/1476750313484503
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  author       = {Sandberg, Fredrik and Wallo, Andreas},
  issn         = {1476-7503},
  keyword      = {Action research,communicative action,communicative rationality,Habermas,interactive research,performative action,virtual participant},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {194--212},
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  series       = {Action Research},
  title        = {The interactive researcher as a virtual participant : A Habermasian interpretation},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1476750313484503},
  volume       = {11},
  year         = {2013},
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