Tensions across disciplines and methodologies over what constitutes appropriate academic voice in writing is far from arbitrary and instead is rooted in competing notions of epistemology, representation, and science. In this paper, I examine these tensions as well as address current issues affecting academic voice such as gender bias and the rise of social media. I begin by discussing reflexivity in research and then turn to the ways in which personal-reflexive voice has been hidden and revealed by academic writers. I also illustrate how the commercialization of academic science intersects with the use of distant-authoritative voice in sometimes corrupting ways. I examine variations in academic voice as they relate to issues of researcher emotion, class, race, and gender. Finally, I discuss the scientization of qualitative research and resulting increased interaction between scholars of varying epistemological positions which I argue can increase attention to the epistemological underpinnings of academic voice.
Writing, Epistemology, Reflexivity, Ethics, Publishing
The author would like to thank Dan Wulff, Aimee Galick, and Carmen Mailloux for their insightful comments and helpful suggestions in the development of this article.
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Gray, G. (2017). Academic Voice in Scholarly Writing. The Qualitative Report, 22(1), 179-196. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2017.2362