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Title: New materialist social inquiry: Designs, methods and the research-assemblage
Authors: Fox, NJ
Alldred, P
Keywords: Assemblage;Deleuze and Guattari;Methodology;New materialism;Ontology;Research-assemblage;Social inquiry
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2014
Abstract: This paper discusses issues of research design and methods in new materialist social inquiry, an approach that is attracting increasing interest across the social sciences as an alternative to either realist or constructionist ontologies. New materialism de-privileges human agency, focusing instead upon how assemblages of the animate and inanimate together produce the world, with fundamental implications for social inquiry methodology and methods. Key to our exploration is the materialist notion of a ‘research-assemblage’ comprising researcher, data, methods and contexts. We use this understanding first to explore the micropolitics of the research process, and then – along with a review of 30 recent empirical studies – to establish a framework for materialist social inquiry methodology and methods. We discuss the epistemological consequences of adopting a materialist ontology.
Description: This article has been made available through the Brunel Open Access Publishing Fund.
metadata.dc.relation.isreplacedby: 2438/11983
ISSN: 1364-5579
Appears in Collections:Brunel OA Publishing Fund
Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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