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Recognizing the practitioner-self: lessons from studying rock bands at-home
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. Stockholm University.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. 135-146, article id 0060Article 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 canencounter 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 researchprocess, where the author – a rock musician – investigated how rock bands within the author’s socialnetworks organize their activities. The materials used for analysis were notes and diaries, as well asreflections on memories.

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

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

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United Kingdom, 2018. Vol. 7, no 2, p. 135-146, article id 0060
Keywords [en]
research process, organization studies, at-home ethnography, breaking out, practitioner-self, rock band, methodology
Keywords [sv]
forskarrollen, forskningsprocessen, organisationsstudier, hemma, etnografi, praktikersjälv, rockband, metodologi
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Learning Social Anthropology
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Education; Social Anthropology; Sociology
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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: 2018-06-29

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