Reflexivity: The creation of liminal spaces-researchers, participants, and research encounters

Guy Enosh, Adital Ben-Ari

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Reflexivity is defined as the constant movement between being in the phenomenon and stepping outside of it. In this article, we specify three foci of reflexivity-the researcher, the participant, and the encounter-for exploring the interview process as a dialogic liminal space of mutual reflection between researcher and participant. Whereas researchers' reflexivity has been discussed extensively in the professional discourse, participants' reflexivity has not received adequate scholarly attention, nor has the promise inherent in reflective processes occurring within the encounter.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)578-584
Number of pages7
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • Constructivism
  • Epistemology
  • Interpretive methods
  • Interviews
  • Knowledge construction
  • Qualitative

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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