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Entwined positionality and interpretive frames of reference: an autoethnographic account

Bolade-Ogunfodun, Y. ORCID:, Soga, L. R. ORCID: and Laker, B. ORCID: (2023) Entwined positionality and interpretive frames of reference: an autoethnographic account. Organizational Research Methods, 26 (4). pp. 678-704. ISSN 1552-7425

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This paper investigates the ethnographic researcher’s positionality and its role in sensemaking within the research process. Using autoethnographic data of the first author - a black female West African (Yoruba) scholar in a Western organizational context, we adopt a critical sensemaking approach to make sense of the researcher’s field experience. We propose a conceptualization of the researcher’s positionality as one that is entwined in the field, being an active interaction of the researcher’s formative context with her sensory capabilities. We demonstrate how openness to the researcher’s entwined positionality generates interpretive frames of reference and uncovers nuances in the sensemaking process, which widens the scope for reflexivity. We offer a methodological roadmap for engaging entwined positionality in reflexive practice and contribute to the body of research which challenges the idea of the detached researcher; thus, we respond to the growing calls for integrating the elements of a researcher’s positionality into research in a way that enhances reflexivity.

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Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
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