Poststructuralist theory and methodology: a complementary approach to road safety research
Vick, M. (2006) Poststructuralist theory and methodology: a complementary approach to road safety research. In: Proceedings of the 2006 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing & Education Conference (1). From: 2006 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing & Education Conference, 25-27 October 2006, Gold Coast,, QLD, Australia.
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A poststructuralist qualitative approach to road safety research is outlined. The paper briefly explicates the theoretical approach and corresponding methods, indicates the type nature of data and evidence that might be produced in such research, argues the relevance of such research to road safety and provides brief illustrative examples of research data and its possible application. Poststructuralism theorises the self and the social world as socially constructed through discourse. It uses textual data as evidence of the ways individuals constitute social reality from available discursive cultural resources. This shapes understandings of validity and reliability. These understandings of the subjective mappings of self and the world, of the complex relations among discourses and of the relation of discourse to courses of action complement knowledge offered by other road safety research. Their contribution to road safety lies in their capacity to identify issues and strategic targets for policy and ‘human factors’ intervention, and to frame educative approaches, not indicated by other paradigms.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)|
|Keywords:||road safety; poststructuralism; methodology|
|Date Deposited:||19 Nov 2009 23:40|
|FoR Codes:||16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920409 Injury Control @ 100%|
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