Historical Social Research 46 (2021), 2

Titel der Ausgabe 
Historical Social Research 46 (2021), 2
Weiterer Titel 
Reflexivity Between Science and Society

GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
4 Hefte / Jahr; 280-400 Seiten / Heft
Anzahl Seiten
316 pages
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Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung (HSR)
GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften Journal Historical Social Research Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8 50667 Köln
Janssen, Philip Jost

It cannot be denied that reflexivity has become a must in social science methodological discourse in recent decades. The uses and functions of reflexivity in the research process have been well addressed historically, be it with regard to researchers’ subjectivity, their perspectivity shaped by social origin and biographical life path, or their possible asymmetrical power relations with investigated actors. Nevertheless, we see an urgent need to discuss these issues. We claim that the practice of reflexivity, seriously shaken by the current transformation of (the understandings of) academic knowledge production, has become a challenging duty to fulfill. There is no straight and easy answer to the big questions of “for whom” and “for what purpose” do we produce “what kind of” knowledge and “how.” Struggling for an appropriate positioning within global societal developments, we dedicate this special issue to the search for a critical, and the exploration of a lucid, (self-)reflection of academic research. In this respect, this HSR Special Issue sets out to explore how coexisting yet diverse conceptions of academic research and knowledge production can be reflexively considered and related to each other from an epistemological, ethico-normative, and ontological point of view.


Special Issue
Séverine Marguin/Juliane Haus/Anna Juliane Heinrich/ Antje Kahl/Cornelia Schendzielorz/ Ajit Singh
Positionality Reloaded: Debating the Dimensions of Reflexivity in the Relationship Between Science and Society: An Editorial.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.46.2021.2.7-34

Jörg Niewöhner
Making Evidence in the Future Perfect: Provincialising Climate Impact Science in the Quest for More-Than-Human Liveability.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.46.2021.2.35-58

Hubert Knoblauch
Reflexive Methodology and the Empirical Theory of Science
doi: 10.12759/hsr.46.2021.2.59-79

Franz Breuer
Scientific Research Activity and its Self-Reflexive Consideration.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.46.2021.2.80-105

Andreas Langenohl
Algorithmic Reflexivity: The Constitution of Socio-Technical Accountability in Financial Pricing.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.46.2021.2.106-125

Frédéric Lebaron
Geometric Data Analysis as a Tool for Reflexivity.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.46.2021.2.126-154

Stephan Gauch
The Ironic Becomings of Reflexivity – The Case of Citation Theory in Bibliometrics.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.46.2021.2.155-177

Jon Dean
Reflexivity and Its Limits in the Study of Social Inequalities.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.46.2021.2.178-185

Hella von Unger
Ethical Reflexivity as Research Practice.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.46.2021.2.186-204

Nina Baur
Decolonizing Social Science Methodology. Positionality in the German-Language Debate.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.46.2021.2.205-243

Manuela Boatcă
Counter-Mapping as Method: Locating and Relating the (Semi-)Peripheral Self.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.46.2021.2.244-263

Tanja Bogusz & Moritz Holtappels
Third Knowledge Spaces between Nature and Society: A Dialogue.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.46.2021.2.264-286

Ulrich Dirnagl, Philipp Misselwitz, Lisa Ruhrort & Dagmar Simon
Crossing Borders, Creating Together: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Transdisciplinary Knowledge Production.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.46.2021.2.287-312

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