Applied research, diffractive methodology, and the research-assemblage: challenges and opportunities

Fox, N.J. and Alldred, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-5077-7286, 2021. Applied research, diffractive methodology, and the research-assemblage: challenges and opportunities. Sociological Research Online.

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This article offers a critical assessment of the challenges for policy- and practice-oriented social research of 'diffractive methodology' (DM): a post-representational approach to data analysis gaining interest among social researchers. Diffractive analyses read data from empirical research alongside other materials – including researchers’ perspectives, memories, experiences, and emotions – to provide novel insights on events. While this analytical approach acknowledges the situatedness of all research data, it raises issues concerning the applicability of findings for policy or practice. In addition, it does not elucidate in what ways and to what extent the diffractions employed during analysis have influenced the findings. To explore these questions, we diffract DM itself, by reading it alongside a DeleuzoGuattarian analysis of research-as-assemblage. This supplies a richer understanding of the entanglements between research and its subject-matter, and suggests how diffractive analysis may be used in conjunction with other methods in practice- and policy-oriented research.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sociological Research Online
Creators: Fox, N.J. and Alldred, P.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date: 19 July 2021
Rights: © The Author(s) 2021. https://creativecommons...licenses/by-nc/4.0/. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 13 Dec 2021 11:02
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2021 11:02

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