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epistemological stances for qualitative inquiry:

This chapter began by highlighting the failure of the legal research community to adequately explain itself to its peers in other disciplines and, in this sense, it can hardly complain if those peers then judge it by standards other than its own. Communication between disciplines is one of the great challenges to achieving genuine interdisciplinary rigour and that challenge is never greater then when trying to bridge the gulf between the humanities and the sciences. Nevertheless, it is surely incumbent on all of us within the built environment research community to do precisely that. This involves developing at least an awareness of practices within the field’s various disciplines. But it also involves a willingness to reflect upon our own previously unquestioned assumptions about the practices in our own discipline, and to articulate these for the benefit of others within the field. It is hoped that the above account might make some contribution to this process by increasing understanding (perhaps amongst legal scholars as well as others) about the nature of legal research, and about how it differs from other research within the built environment.