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'I know what I like and I like what I know': Epistemology in practice and theory and practice again

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JournalQualitative Social Work
DateAccepted/In press - 14 May 2016
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 23 Jun 2016
Number of pages17
Early online date23/06/16
Original languageEnglish


This article is a reflective piece in which I account for how and why I have developed my current understanding of the relevance of epistemology to practice, to social work research, and to the relationship between the two. Social work as a profession has itself faced something of an epistemological crisis of late, which has impacted on both practice and research in ways which have not necessarily been beneficial. I will draw upon both practice and research to highlight the twists and turns in the development of my thinking about these issues and as a corollary, my views regarding the bridging role that pragmatic epistemology might play between research and practice.

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  • Epistemology; knowledge; pragmatism; practical reason; practice research

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