When a friend gives you advice, she tries to personalize it to you. In this chapter we discuss the personal dimensions of methodological reflection. Before you can move on from asking and conceptualizing your research question to designing your research plan and methodology, it makes sense to figure out what kind of research suits you, your life, the particulars of your professional ambitions in institutional and disciplinary context, and your political, social, and economic context. Casually, many researchers talk with fellow researchers about the ways in which these factors weigh in on their research aspirations and plans. We think these factors are significant. In this chapter, we make explicit the range of constraints, politics, and opportunities that play a part in designing research. These issues should not be neglected merely because they may not figure in the final exposition of the research.
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