Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
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Simon, Gail (in prep). Eight Criteria for Quality in Systemic Practitioner Research. Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice, 1:2
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"In this paper, we share reflections from our research into spontaneous coordinations through the creation of pop-up dialogical installations. We offer a collage of anecdotes from our professional practice, from our personal lives and from dialogical installations. These episodes highlight themes from our everyday practice and show us what we do and what we value, but through new doorways. From our work on the streets, we see how i) making something with, and for, people requires daring; ii) we are always involved in reconfiguring dialogical space as we go; iii) we exchange planning for preparation; iv) dialogue is always influenced by, and influencing of, context; v) collage in writing and mixed media allows us to experiment with new configurations of words, and share some mo(ve)ments from the installations."
Click here: http://murmurations.cloud/ojs/index.php/murmurations/article/view/15
"People coming to therapy as part of their recovery from torture may choose not to speak or write about their experiences, yet the process of seeking asylum requires that they must hand over their life stories for a true–false adjudication with potentially life and death consequences. When people have been silenced and speaking has become dangerous, there are major ethical challenges for the activist practitioner who, along with the person who has experienced torture, sees the importance of stories not only being understood and shared in ways which are factual but which contain truth. Methods: I share my experiments with writing as a form of inquiry, specifically ghostwriting and ventriloquation. Findings: These have the effects of (1) moving the therapeutic process into a collaborative inquiry between the client, an asylum seeker, and me as both counsellor and expert witness; (2) letting fictionalised tellings of ‘real life’ reveal the hidden and complex life stories of clients and counsellors and (3) sharing stories which would otherwise remain hidden and risk perpetuating oppressive practices."
Click here: Ventriloquation_and_ghostwriting_as_resp.pdf
"When teaching research to systemic practitioners, I come across an assumption that systemic theory must be sidelined for new ways of doing, being and speaking in order to conduct research. I have found it useful for my own research and for teaching purposes to develop a description of systemic inquiry which is coherent with collaborative-dialogical-social constructionist-systemic practice. In this paper, I make links between systemic methodology, ideological influences, theoretical propositions and the doing of systemic practice. I reorganise these levels of context into spheres of influence and propose a model for systemic therapy and research. This model lends itself to a form of action research for reflexive practice which I am calling Praction Research. I connect local and global reflexivity in making a case for praction research as a form of activism and explore how the reflexive activities of listening out for and acting with the novel and the ethical take systemic practice into continual paradigmatic movement which make for transformation within and of the model."
Click here: 23.1_Simon.pdf
"This article introduces relational ethnography as a form of inquiry which emphasizes reflexive dialogical aspects of research relationships. I have found the use of autoethnography inspiring in speaking from within my practice as a therapist and teacher however it has limited my focus on areas of relationality in research relationships. In developing a relational ethnography, I have been able to show how all areas of ethnographic research involve relationality. I draw on systemic and social constructionist theory in understanding relational activities. I offer illustrations of reflexive, dialogical relationships between the voices of inner dialogue, the voices of outer dialogue—and between the two. By making available description of reflexive inner dialogue to readers and participants in research relationships, we increase opportunities for transparent communication and collaboration in those relationships."
Click here: 1735-7630-1-PB.pdf
"Collaborative therapy (Anderson, 1997; Anderson & Goolishian, 1992) is atherapeutic approach grounded in a postmodern-social constructionist perspective of knowledge. In this perspective, postmodernism’s skeptical stance toward universal knowledge and dominant discourses and its preference for local knowledge and social constructionism’s view of knowledge as co-created in relationship and dialogue go hand-in-hand. This approach to knowledge informs a dynamic way to conceptualize and conduct research, offering a counterbalance to academia’s pervasive preference for research grounded in logical-positivism (i.e., scientific method). This chapter details how we draw from the philosophical stance and dialogical approach described in collaborative therapy to think about, design and conduct a research inquiry."
Click here: collaborative approach to Research-Gehart, Tarragona & Bava, 2007.pdf
"This article focuses on the process of writing where the purpose is to explore how it is possible to write a research account that is inviting and "alive” so that, in reading, novelty unfolds. The account includes an illustration of how I struggled with writing and eventually found a way forward in reading Bakhtin’s work on the polyphonic novel. Inspiration from this genre opened up a kind of “listening writing”: an embodied and prospective form of writing that questions the traditional role of plot, because it calls for a letting go of predesigned structures. Instead, it suggests a writing driven by the interplay of voices, curiosity, and openness to the next possible word. The article contributes to the discussion on how writing matters and, in particular, how “unfinalizable” writing practices, in which the author tries not to be the final mediator of meaning, can enrich organization studies."
Click here: Helin, Jenny - Writing_process_after_reading_Bakhtin.pdf
"As a young Jewish boy during the Holocaust, Jerry Rawicki was a courier for thePolish Underground in the Warsaw Ghetto. The Nazis murdered his father Abram, motherSophie, and sister Stephanie. Passing as a Gentile, his surviving sister Fela worked in a coffeeshop in Warsaw. Under the cover of groups leaving for hard labor outside the Ghetto, Jerry was able to surreptitiously steal away and attend to his assignments on the Polish side. Within theGhetto, people were dying from dysentery, typhus, and starvation. Deportations were rampant and ominous rumors that death camps were the destinations, no matter how unbelievable, in time became a horrific reality. In January 1943, the Germans staged an action on a scale that foretold a total destruction of Jews in the Ghetto. The inhabitants’ refusal to obey orders to vacate their apartments stunned the Germans. Armed resistance, mostly skirmishes, forced the Germans to back off, but the euphoria of prevailing over the Germans did not last long. On the night of April18, 1943 during Passover, the Germans came back with fury. The armed resistance, this time more organized, held off the onslaught for over a week. But the fighters could not match theGerman firepower that turned the Warsaw Ghetto into a burning inferno. This story describesJerry’s actions on that night, at the age of fifteen, and afterwards, when he found hope in the midst of despair."
Click here: Ellis, Carolyn - A Clean Shirt - research.edu.pdf
"Bringing the various elements of qualitative research papers into coherent textual patterns presents challenges for authors and editors alike. Although individual sections such as presentation of the problem, review of the literature, methodology, results, and discussion may each be constructed in a sound logical and structural sense, the alignment of these parts into a coherent mosaic may be lacking in many qualitative research manuscripts. In this paper, four editors of The Qualitative Report present how they collaborate with authors to facilitate improvement papers' coherence in such areas as co-relating title, abstract, and the paper proper; coordinating the method presented with method employed; and calibrating the exuberance of implications with the essence of the findings. The editors share exercises, templates, and exemplary articles they use to help mentor authors to create coherent texts."
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"This book is for relationally reflexive practitioners wanting to research practice with chapters from leading members of the systemic communitity inspiring innovaive research methodology. The book connects theoretical, ethical, and technical challenges for the practitioner-researcher and reflexivity runs through this collection like a rainbow thread connecting the reader to different form of practitioner research."
Click here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Systemic-Inquiry-Innovations-Reflexive-Practice
"This is a substantial collection of 27 chapters from leading international family therapists showcasing groundbreaking practice. The book situates systemic practice in a changing international political world, connecting local and global politics with everyday life across this spinning planet. This is the moment for the professions of psychotherapy, psychology and counselling to recognise the influence of unprecedented economic and social instability worldwide. By incorporating creative intersections beyween systemic, social constructionist, narrative, dialogical, appreciative, constructivist and collaborative theories this book offers systemic therapists and community workers hope, confidence, and ways of going forward ethically and creatively in the daily practice."
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"Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard's words echo my experience of writing various research reports. I often find myself working backwards to construct what I have lived through. Even though I use a blueprint, I find myself at the "end" constructing a story to fit the acceptable frame in terms of using the "right language, "right" format, and the "right" presentation methods. There is a performative quality to the process, from proposal to research report. So when I had to work on my dissertation research, I chose to use and alternative research methodology that I call "performance."
Click here: Bava 2005 Ch10 Performance Method.pdf
"Scientific research has been reduced to empirical methodologies that are often located within the positivist paradigm. Often, such popular methodologies are considered the true and tested pathways we use for knowledge construction. However, methodological cannons are not always reflective of the researcher's philosophical orientation but they shape what we see which is the substantive area (subject matter/area of inquiry or research focus) of study."
Click here: Bava, 2014, Performative practices, performative relationships.pdf