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Researching on the edge: emancipatory praxis for social justice

Researching on the edge: emancipatory praxis for social justice This paper aims to provoke a conversation in marketing scholarship about the overlooked political nature of doing research, particularly for those who research issues of social (in)justice. It suggests a paradigmatic shift in how researchers might view and operationalise social justice work in marketing. Emancipatory praxis framework offers scholars an alternative way to think about the methodology, design and politics of researching issues of social relevance.Design/methodology/approachThis is a conceptual paper drawing on critical theory to argue for a new methodological shift towards emancipatory praxis.FindingsAs social justice research involves a dialectical relationship between crises and critique, the concept of emancipation acts as a methodological catalyst for furthering debate about social (in)justice in marketing. This paper identifies a set of methodological troubles and challenges that may disrupt the boundaries of knowledge-making. A set of methodological responses to these issues illustrating how emancipatory research facilitates social action is outlined.Research limitations/implicationsEmancipatory praxis offers marketing scholars an alternative methodological direction in the hope that more impactful and useful ways of knowing can emerge.Practical implicationsThe paper is intended to change the ways that researchers work in practical and concrete terms on issues of social (in)justice.Social implicationsAlthough this paper is theoretical, it argues for an alternative methodological approach to research that reorients researchers towards a politicised praxis with emancipatory relevancy.Originality/valueEmancipatory praxis offers a new openly politicised methodological alternative for addressing problems of social relevance in marketing. As a continuous political and emancipatory task for researchers, social justice research involves empirical encounters with politics, advocacy and democratic participation, where equality is the methodological starting point for research design and decisions as much as it is the end goal. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Marketing Emerald Publishing

Researching on the edge: emancipatory praxis for social justice

European Journal of Marketing , Volume 54 (11): 25 – Jun 11, 2020

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0309-0566
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0309-0566
DOI
10.1108/ejm-02-2019-0150
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Abstract

This paper aims to provoke a conversation in marketing scholarship about the overlooked political nature of doing research, particularly for those who research issues of social (in)justice. It suggests a paradigmatic shift in how researchers might view and operationalise social justice work in marketing. Emancipatory praxis framework offers scholars an alternative way to think about the methodology, design and politics of researching issues of social relevance.Design/methodology/approachThis is a conceptual paper drawing on critical theory to argue for a new methodological shift towards emancipatory praxis.FindingsAs social justice research involves a dialectical relationship between crises and critique, the concept of emancipation acts as a methodological catalyst for furthering debate about social (in)justice in marketing. This paper identifies a set of methodological troubles and challenges that may disrupt the boundaries of knowledge-making. A set of methodological responses to these issues illustrating how emancipatory research facilitates social action is outlined.Research limitations/implicationsEmancipatory praxis offers marketing scholars an alternative methodological direction in the hope that more impactful and useful ways of knowing can emerge.Practical implicationsThe paper is intended to change the ways that researchers work in practical and concrete terms on issues of social (in)justice.Social implicationsAlthough this paper is theoretical, it argues for an alternative methodological approach to research that reorients researchers towards a politicised praxis with emancipatory relevancy.Originality/valueEmancipatory praxis offers a new openly politicised methodological alternative for addressing problems of social relevance in marketing. As a continuous political and emancipatory task for researchers, social justice research involves empirical encounters with politics, advocacy and democratic participation, where equality is the methodological starting point for research design and decisions as much as it is the end goal.

Journal

European Journal of MarketingEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 11, 2020

Keywords: Emancipatory praxis; Social justice; Politics of engagement; Participation rhetoric; Dialogical theory building; Systematised reflexivity; Research coalitions

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