Qualitative Inquiry at a Crossroads
critically reflects on the ever-changing dynamics of qualitative research in the contemporary moment. We live at a crossroads in which the spaces for critical civic discourse are narrowing, in which traditional political ideologies are now questioned: there is no utopian vision on the horizon, only fear and doubt. The moral and ethical foundations of democracy are under assault, global inequality is on the rise, facts are derided as 'fake news'-an uncertain future stands at our door.
Premised on the belief that our troubled times call for a critical inquiry that matters-a discourse committed to a politics of resistance, a politics of possibility-leading international contributors from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Spain, Norway, and Denmark present a range of perspectives, challenges, and opportunities for the field. In so doing, they wrestle with questions concerning the intersecting vectors of method, politics, and praxis. More specifically, contributors engage with issues ranging from indigenous and decolonizing methods, arts-based research, and intersectionality to debates over the research marketplace, accountability metrics, and emergent forays into post-qualitative inquiry.
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Norman K. Denzin (PhD, University of Iowa) is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Communications, College of Communications Scholar, and Research Professor of Communications, Sociology, and Humanities at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. One of the world's foremost authorities on qualitative research and cultural criticism, Denzin is the author or editor of more than two dozen books. He is co-editor (with Yvonna S Lincoln) of the methods journal Qualitative Inquiry, founding editor of Cultural Studiesó Critical Methodologies and International Review of Qualitative Research, editor of three book series, and founding director of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.
Michael D. Giardina (PhD, University of Illinois) is Professor of Media, Politics, and Physical Culture, and Associate Chair of the Department of Sport Management, at Florida State University. He is the author or editor of 20 books. He is editor of the Sociology of Sport Journal, special issues editor of Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, and assistant director of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.
- Half Title
- Title Page
- Copyright Page
- Table of Contents
- Introduction: Qualitative Inquiry at a Crossroads
- At a Crossroads
- The Chapters
- By Way of a Conclusion
- Part I
- Performative Reflections
- 1 Between Bodies: Queer Grief in the Anthropocene
- Writing Bodies in Relation
- The Beauty of Grief and Loss
- The Queer Objects of Grief
- A Liveable Life, a Grievable Death
- Reading Grief, Writing Melancholia as an Archive of Survival
- Grief and the Anthropocene
- 2 "I Wanted the World to See": Black Feminist Performance Auto/Ethnography
- Black Bodies in the Wake
- Limbos in the Wake: A Black Feminist Performance Auto/Ethnographic Approach
- Choreographing Limbos
- 3 Canvasing the Body: A Radical Relationality of Art, Body, and Vibrant Materiality
- 4 Intersectionality in Education Research: Methodology as Critical Inquiry and Praxis
- Centering Intersectionality
- Authors' Positionality
- Intersectionality in Educational Research
- Power, Privilege, and Domination
- Whose Ways of Knowing?
- Critical Reflexivity
- Framing Intersectional Methodological Invocations
- Part II
- Methodological Inflections
- 5 Voice in the Agentic Assemblage
- Assemblage and Agency in Posthumanism: Bennett's Agentic Assemblage
- Voice in the Kitchen Assemblage
- Voice in a Shifting Entanglement of Intra-Actions
- Conclusion: A Voice as Doing
- 6 Wondering in the Dark: The Generative Power of Unknowing in the Arts and in Qualitative Inquiry
- Knowing: Music
- Unknowing: Educational Research
- Glimpses into Buddhist Worldview and Research
- Developing Academic Practices
- The Pedagogy of Cultivating Unknowing: Lingering with Artwork
- A Momentous Shift: Unknowing in Creating Movement
- Unknowing in Making Art
- Unknowing in Academic/Personal Writing
- The Crucial Need for a Pause
- Coda: Tuned Listening
- 7 Virtuous Inquiry, Refusal, and Cynical Work
- Normalizing Injustice
- Virtuous Critique
- On Normativity
- On Truth as Productive Refusal
- On Parrhesia (as Virtuous Critique)
- 8 Theorizing from the Streets: De/colonizing, Contemplative, and Creative Approaches and Consideration of Quality in Arts-Based Qualitative Research
- A State of Confusion: Searching for Entry Points
- Theorizing from the Streets: Which Moves Make my Work Matter?
- In Closing
- 9 Stay Human: Can We Be Human after Posthumanism?
- Post-Qualitative Research and Posthumanism
- Toward a Humanism after Posthumanism
- Humanism without Anthropocentrism?
- Part III
- Political Interventions
- 10 Resisting the Commodified Researcher Self: Interrogating the Data Doubles We Create for Ourselves when Buying and Selling Our Research Products in the Research Marketplace
- What This Chapter Is About
- The Research Marketplace - We Are All Interacting with It and Making Decisions about the Nature of that Interaction
- Conclusion - Where to from Here?
- 11 Contesting Accountability Metrics in Troubled Times through Communicative Methodology
- Social Impact of Research
- Communicative Methodology and Social Impact Through the INCLUD-ED Project
- Concluding Remarks
- 12 Seduction and Desire: The Power of Spectacle
- The Spectacle
- How Has This Seduction Worked?
- The Spectacle as Assemblage
- Neoliberalism and Its Force in Shaping the Present
- Piecemeal Implementation
- And so .
- 13 Stitching Tattered Cloth: Reflections on Social Justice and Qualitative Inquiry in Troubled Times
- Mr. Brace's Background
- Mr. Brace: A Dangerous Man of Reason
- Mr. Brace's New York
- So What Was Mr. Brace's Plan?
- Hurdles, Challenges and Practices
- Mr. Brace's Impact
- The Congress
- Notes on Contributors
This is an outstanding book that provides a much-needed series of critical reflections on qualitative research at a time when critical civic discourses are narrowing and what counts as scholarship is increasingly under attack. It asks vital questions about the qualitative work we do, the way in which we do it, and the conditions under which that work exists. Embracing the cry for social justice, the book is also an important call for action. Qualitative Inquiry at a Crossroads is a gem that deserves to be read widely.
Brett Smith, University of Birmingham, UK
Qualitative Inquiry again comes at a new crossroad. The annual International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry is an important forum for reflecting, critically discussing, and developing the practice of qualitative inquiry. Political, scientific, and methodological challenges are starting points for its stimulating debates. This book presents a collection of highlight papers from the 14th. International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry written by some of the leading international researchers in the field. They locate qualitative inquiry in its development over time for setting its agenda in troubled times which define the current crossroad to face.
Uwe Flick, Professor of Qualitative Social and Educational Research, Department of Psychology and Education, Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany
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