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Reflexivity in co-constructed meanings: the impact of gender specific perspectives in the qualitative research context

Johanna Kingsman (Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia)
Ian Davis (Academic Division, University of Southern Queensland – Springfield Campus, Springfield Central, Australia)

Qualitative Research Journal

ISSN: 1443-9883

Article publication date: 4 June 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper examines the impact of lived experiences and attitudinal blueprints on researchers within the context of masculinities research. It explores the negotiation of gendered roles, exploring how personal narratives shape our engagement in gender research and the collaborative process of meaning-making. It discusses the methodological tensions surrounding narrative research and naturalistic inquiry when investigating masculinities.

Design/methodology/approach

Adopting a feminist post-structuralist lens, this paper analyses the discursive nature of masculinities and its theoretical and historical construction, alongside the use of narrative research methodologies in research practices.

Findings

The paper reinforces the importance of feminist frameworks in deconstructing gender norms and challenging implicit assumptions. The role of reflexivity in the research process and the potential for researcher subjectivity as a resource is emphasised. Drawing on existing scholarship and the authors' empirical research experiences, the importance of researcher reflexivity in recognising the potential for gender performativity in the research setting is emphasised, especially in gendered research spaces and when engaging with methodologies tacitly understood through gendered ideological lenses.

Research limitations/implications

The paper contributes to ongoing scholarly discussions exploring the intersection of gender, theory and practice.

Originality/value

The paper's theoretical exploration contributes to understandings of gender dynamics in research and offers insights into the complexities of conducting masculinities research from a critical perspective. The paper contributes to ongoing scholarly discussions exploring the intersection of gender, theory and practice.

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Acknowledgements

This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

Disclosure statement: No potential conflict of interest was reported by the author.

Citation

Kingsman, J. and Davis, I. (2024), "Reflexivity in co-constructed meanings: the impact of gender specific perspectives in the qualitative research context", Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/QRJ-09-2023-0144

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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