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Recognizing the practitioner-self: lessons from studying rock bands at-home
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5450-0348
2018 (English)In: Journal of Organizational Ethnography, ISSN 2046-6749, E-ISSN 2046-6757, Vol. 7, no 2, p. 135-146Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore and discuss some of the possibilities and risks that one can encounter in the process of doing ethnographic organization research with an at-home approach.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper draws on self-reflexive analyses of a four-year research process, where the author – a rock musician – investigated how rock bands within the author’s social networks organize their activities. The materials used for analysis were notes and diaries, as well as reflections on memories.

Findings

The findings illustrate aspects of the researcher’s “breaking out” process, which involved the researcher’s initial impulse to leave his practitioner-self, a subsequent lack of interest and eventually a return to what felt genuinely intriguing for him to study. The paper argues that one important aspect of the at-home researcher’s breaking out process may involve an active recognition of his/her practitioner-self as a resource – not least to avoid losing interest or getting lost in abstractions.

Originality/value

This paper conceptualizes and builds further upon previous discussions on at-home research, adding insights into the “breaking out” process and the curious paradox of the proposed necessity for the researcher to leave and utilize his/her at-home experience and familiarity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. Vol. 7, no 2, p. 135-146
Keywords [en]
Research process, Organization studies, At-home ethnography, Breaking out, Practitioner-self, Rock band
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Learning Social Anthropology
Research subject
Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-157963DOI: 10.1108/JOE-11-2017-0060OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-157963DiVA, id: diva2:1229409
Available from: 2018-06-29 Created: 2018-06-29 Last updated: 2018-07-26Bibliographically approved

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