Boundary riding and shaping research spaces

Debbie Horsfall, Joy Higgs

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    The metaphor of boundary riding captures several essential elements of the professional artistry of expert qualitative researchers: traversing research territories, crossing discipline and personal/professional boundaries, having an ability to imagine transformation in personal and social practices, being curious about the unfamiliar, and being open to exploring new territories and learning along the way. We also find it a liberating metaphor that enables researchers actively to choose which research territories or spaces they will inhabit. This is important. Where researchers actively locate themselves shapes their research practices and influences decisions about how best to conduct research that is imbued with moral agency and concerned with transformative social practices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCreative spaces for qualitative researching
    Subtitle of host publicationLiving research
    EditorsJoy Higgs, Angie Titchen, Debbie Horsfall, Donna Bridges
    Place of PublicationRotterdam
    PublisherSense Publishers
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic) 9789460917615
    ISBN (Print)9789460917592, 9789460917608
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Publication series

    NamePractice, education, work and society


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