Men in context: “Privilege” and reflexivity in academia
Journal article, 2014
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to elaborate on self-reflexivity and, in particular, explore the
notion of context in relation to men’s reflexivity in academic work.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper is a commentary on an earlier paper published in
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion addressing the issue of reflexivity in organization studies and
commented on by three different scholars.
Findings – Relating specifically to men doing gender studies research, the authors argue that they are
always men in context, and their “privilege” (and reflections on it) needs to be accounted for in situ;
in relation to the assumptions, relations, and practices at hand, rather to some abstract and vague
“privileges” contained in, and carried by, men as a general category.
Originality/value – The paper seeks to advance a novel understanding of reflexivity not so much
anchored in the willful capacity to reflect on scholarly work but as engagement with experiences of
exclusion or unexpected outcomes in fieldwork and in interacting with other researchers.