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Shifting PracticesReflections on Technology, Practice, and Innovation$
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Giovan Francesco Lanzara

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034456

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034456.001.0001

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Epilogue: Reflections on Work Past

Epilogue: Reflections on Work Past

(p.253) Epilogue: Reflections on Work Past
Shifting Practices

Giovan Francesco Lanzara

The MIT Press

The Epilogue seals the book with a reflective evaluation of the work done, an analysis of the broader implications for social research, and the predicament of the researcher when s/he engages in reflective inquiry and intervention in a domain of practice. The problematic and elusive interaction between the researcher and the actors in the practice setting is inquired. Issues of vulnerability, empathy, reflexivity and temporality are discussed, and self-observation as an empirical possibility and a concrete practice is questioned. The status of reflective experiments is finally assessed: they fulfill both epistemic and ethical functions in that they foster the creation and dissemination of knowledge and expand the range of possible choices and actions of social actors in the present and in the future.

Keywords:   reflective evaluation, vulnerability, empathy, reflexivity, temporality, self-observation, reflective experiments, epistemic function, ethics

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