Hodgetts, D., Stolte, O., King, P., & Groot, S. (2019). Reproducing the general through the local: Lessons from poverty research. In C. Højholt & E. Schraube (Eds.), Subjectivity and Knowledge: Generalization in the Psychological Study of Everyday Life (pp. 157–174). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-29977-4_9
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Central to research into the conduct of everyday life are issues of generalisation. This chapter focuses on three interrelated forms or manifestations of generalisation, which invoke issues around how macro-level structures and intergroup relations are reproduced through micro-level situations. First, theoretical generalisation constitutes our efforts to enlarge the significance of small-scale exemplars through research by relating local insights to the broader body of academic knowledge. Second, referential generalisation involves relating everyday artefacts produced by our research participants to the broader social context and intergroup relations at play. Third, empathetic generalisation involves promoting witnessing, recognition, and empathy towards people experiencing poverty by people who are not living in poverty. These three forms or elements of generalisation are central to the development of action strategies to address issues of poverty.
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