Cartographies of Knowledge: Exploring Qualitative Epistemologies

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Using clear language and concrete examples, this text examines theoretical and historical foundations that shape the premise and logic of qualitative social research. It analyzes qualitative methodology and methods in relation to issues of agency, subjectivity, and experience. Rooted in feminist, critical race, and poststructural literature, it is concerned with social justice as it critiques current research paradigms and advances broad alternatives.

This is an ideal text for students in graduate-level courses in Methodology, Epistemology, Qualitative Research Methods, Data Analysis, Ethnomethodology, Symbolic Interaction, Phenomenology, Grounded Theory, and related courses in the social, behavioral, and health sciences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412954969
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/4/2010
  • Pages: 195
  • Sales rank: 934,212
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Celine-Marie Pascale is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at American University, Washington, DC, where she teaches courses on language and inequality. Her primary scholarly interest is in exploring the (re)production of culture, knowledge, and power through sociological analyses of language and representation. Most broadly, she has expertise in qualitative methodologies and contemporary theory. Professor Pascale received the 2008 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Race, Gender, and Class for her first book Making Sense of Race, Gender and Class: Commonsense, Power and Privilege in the United States (Routledge, 2007). Pascale’s second book Cartographies of Knowledge: Exploring Qualitative Epistemologies was published by Sage in 2010. Pascale’s scholarship also is published in numerous national and international peer-reviewed journals. She serves as president of the Research Committee on Language and Society for the International Sociological Association and is a former Research & Media Fellow of the Center for Social Media at American University.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Organization of the Book xi

Outline of the Chapters xiii

Acknowledgments xv

About the Author xvii

1 Introduction 1

Mapping the Journey 1

Familiar Intellectual Geographies 6

Implications for Social Research 11

Concluding Thoughts 11

Further Reading 12

2 Philosophical Roots of Research Methodologies 13

Introduction 13

The Changing Discourses of Social Science 16

Feminist and Critical Race Challenges to Qualitative Research 18

Interpretive Challenges to Social Research 21

Philosophy and Practice 24

Ontology and Epistemology 28

Subjectivity 30

Agency 33

Experience 34

Implications for Social Research 35

Concluding Thoughts 37

Further Reading 38

3 Analytic Induction 39

Introduction 39

Analytic Induction: A Brief History 40

Analytic Induction, Postpositivism, and Social Constructionism 47

The Basic Premise of Contemporary Analytic Induction 53

Analysis of Newspaper, Television, and Interview Exemplars 55

Newspaper Analysis 56

Television Analysis 59

Interview Analysis 64

Implications for Social Research 70

Concluding Thoughts 75

Further Reading 76

4 Symbolic Interaction 77

Introduction 77

Symbolic Interaction: A Brief History 78

The Basic Premise of Symbolic Interaction 87

Analysis of Newspaper, Television, and Interview Exemplars 89

Newspaper Analysis 89

Television Analysis 95

Interview Analysis 98

Implications for Social Research 102

Concluding Thoughts 104

Further Reading 104

5 Ethnomethodology 105

Introduction 105

Ethnomethodology: A Brief History 108

The Basic Premise of Ethnomethodology 116

Analysis of Newspaper, Television, and Interview Exemplars 118

Newspaper Analysis 119

Television Analysis 124

Interview Analysis 129

Implications for Social Research 134

Concluding Thoughts 137

Further Reading 138

6 Social Research: Drawing New Maps 139

Introduction 139

The Problems of Social Research Revisited 141

Mining New Media With an Old Tool 146

A Matter of Ethics: The Making of a Social Scientist 151

Revisiting Subjectivity, Agency, and Experience 153

Envisioning Social Epistemologies 157

Implications for Social Research 163

Concluding Thoughts 166

Further Reading 167

References 169

Index 181

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