Critical Review of Positionality Theory

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‘Research Reports’... ‘Research Data’... ‘As per the research observations’ ... ‘As per the research findings’... how often do we come across such terms while moving around in the corporate organizations...? How simplified our life gets when we have a strong backing of a ‘Research’ to whatever we discuss...? How confident we feel while walking in a conference room with a ‘Research Paper’ in our hands...? Well, this is all simply because we ‘believe’ in the research that we have done and we trust our-self completely. Most of the companies today hire intelligence, buy information in the hope to that it will help them survive the quest of being the supreme. There are so many reputed and ‘branded’ management consultation firms like A.T.Kearney, Mckinsey, etc... which provide just the right amount of salt to your recipe which makes your dish sell! But has anyone really ever questioned, wondered or even justified the amount of money a company spends on those researches or analysis, over these external agencies for the work which is not verified in depth but just tested by the evidence provided...? If we stand by the statement that, ‘Researches are supposed to be the foundation of any work’, then I would strongly like to make a point here that, even before a research is started, what has to be considered is the ‘Researcher’s Positionality’ All the researches are ruled by this aspect and I can even take a step further in stating that – If you know the personality of a person-you can very well predict the way he /she would conduct the research. Positionality is the new buzzword today in all organisations.

Here we begin to explore this concept more with the support of relevant theories and the evidences available...

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction...............................................................................6 Literature Review......................................................................4 Methodology.............................................................................10 Main Argument.........................................................................10 Discussion.................................................................................12 Conclusion................................................................................14 Bibliography.............................................................................15

Introduction:

One thing that is always constant is change!
I interpret this ‘change’ as to bring about ‘creativity’ & the only thing that blocks our creativity is our ‘personality’ our ‘positoinality’ Positionality is no different from one’s own personality. It is how you position yourself in the mind of the other person and how other people position you. It is often described as a keen awareness of ones place in the world. Just as it has been proved before, we know that every aspect has two pint of views. The same is the case with positionality. Firstly, your own personality and secondly, your acquired personality To produce an ideal research, a researcher has to be neutral and totally unbiased by his own beliefs, views and judgments and should carry out the research based on empirical findings alone. The question is that even by knowing it all, to what extent can this be actually achieved? A researcher’s own personality can be the greatest threat towards his own research methodologies and findings. That is why it is of utmost importance to understand the positionality of the researcher before delegating or identifying any task to a given individual. This is the reason why, today, there is a need for every single researcher to understand and stabilize his/her own positionality to produce an original, unbiased and a...
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