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Orthodoxy and reflexivity in international comparative analysis

Orthodoxy and reflexivity in international comparative analysis

Chapter:
(p.179) Eight Orthodoxy and reflexivity in international comparative analysis
Source:
Active social policies in the EU
Author(s):
Ben ValkenburgJens Lind
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861342805.003.0008

This chapter argues that the increasing emphasis on social scientific research in international comparisons, of which INPART is an example, is taking place against the background of a ‘reflexive turn’ in the social sciences. It provides a brief summary of the orthodox consensus and the reflexive turn. The chapter then discusses and examines the implications the reflexive turn has for social research. It clarifies how INPART dealt with these implications, for example, in terms of the contextuality of knowledge and in terms of the competence of actors. It underlines some of the challenges confronting internationally comparative research in the context of the reflexive turn in social sciences.

Keywords:   orthodoxy, reflexivity, international comparative analysis, social sciences, reflexive turn, INPART

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