Reflexivity and bracketing in sociological phenomenological research: researching the competitive swimming lifeworld

  title={Reflexivity and bracketing in sociological phenomenological research: researching the competitive swimming lifeworld},
  author={Gareth McNarry and Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson and A. Evans},
  journal={Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health},
  pages={138 - 151}
ABSTRACT In this article, following on from earlier debates in the journal regarding the ‘thorny issue’ of epochē and bracketing in sociological phenomenological research, we consider more generally the challenges of engaging in reflexivity and bracketing when undertaking ethnographic ‘insider’ research, or research in familiar settings. We ground our discussion and illustrate some of the key challenges by drawing on the experience of undertaking this research approach with a group of… Expand
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