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Ascetic practices for reflexively navigating power, privilege and freedoms in leisure research / Maggie Miller; Bryan S. R Grimwood; Susan M Arai

Leisure/Loisir, Volume: 39, Issue: 3-4, Pages: 383 - 402

Swansea University Author: Maggie, Miller

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DOI (Published version): 10.1080/14927713.2015.1116204

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Critical reflexivity enables leisure researchers to interrogate assumptions and discursive structures associated with subjectivities enacted in and through research processes. We argue that reflexive practices implemented prior to entering into fieldwork help researchers prepare for, understand and...

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Published in: Leisure/Loisir
Published: Routledge 2015
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa39855
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Abstract: Critical reflexivity enables leisure researchers to interrogate assumptions and discursive structures associated with subjectivities enacted in and through research processes. We argue that reflexive practices implemented prior to entering into fieldwork help researchers prepare for, understand and negotiate power-imbued contexts that will be encountered during research. Drawing on Foucault’s ideas on practices of freedom, this paper represents an ascetic practice whereby the first author, with support from her co-author advisers, engaged in a reflexive exercise of the self to think critically about her subjectivities in relation to freedom, justice and forthcoming leisure research. Methodologically, the paper engages a decontextualized perspective-taking exercise that opens opportunities for exploring the limits and regulations of research desires, privileges and powers, and how perspectivesof injustice and oppression are inextricably linked to subjectivity.
Keywords: Ascetic practice; freedom; justice; reflexivity; subjectivity
College: School of Management
Issue: 3-4
Start Page: 383
End Page: 402