Qualitative Inquiry Under Fire: Toward a New Paradigm Dialogue

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This collection of recent works by Norman K. Denzin provides a history of the field of qualitative inquiry over the past two decades. As perhaps the leading proponent of this style of research, Denzin has led the way toward more performative writing, toward conceptualizing research in terms of social justice, toward inclusion of indigenous voices, and toward new models of interpretation and representation. In these 13 essays—which originally appeared in a wide variety of sources and are edited and updated here—the author traces how these changes have transformed qualitative practice in recent years. In an era when qualitative inquiry is under fire from conservative governmental and academic bodies, he points the way toward the future, including a renewed dialogue on paradigmatic pluralism.

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"For interpretive colleagues who find their work being judged and graded by positivists, who witness qualitative methodology being squeezed out of University courses, and who are treated - to use Denzin’s words - as an elephant in the SBR movement’s living room, this book certainly has the potential to evoke what Denzin aspires for: ‘a narrative of passion and commitment’ ... The ‘Viva La Revolution’ tone to this book makes it a motivating read. It is also an informative read. It would be a welcomed resource for postgraduates and academics with an interest in qualitative inquiry. This book should be in the libraries of all institutions where qualitative research is done. As well as an overview of where the field has been, Denzin successfully summarizes where it is now, and the direction he feels that it should move in the future - as one large community."

- Cassandra Phoenix, Qualitative Research

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598744163
  • Publisher: Left Coast Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman K. Denzin is Distinguished 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, including Searching for Yellowstone; Reading Race; Interpretive Ethnography; The Cinematic Society; The Voyeur’s Gaze; and The Alcoholic Self. He is past editor of The Sociological Quarterly, co-editor (with Yvonna S. Lincoln) of three editions of the landmark Handbook of Qualitative Research, coeditor (with Michael D. Giardina) of three plenary volumes from the annual Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, co-editor (with Lincoln) of the methods journal Qualitative Inquiry, founding editor of Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies and International Review of Qualitative Research, and editor of three book series.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Part 1 Politics 11

1 Introduction: Qualitative Inquiry as Social Justice 13

2 Interpretive Research After 9/11/01 25

3 The Secret Downing Street Memo, the One Percent Doctrine, and the Politics of Truth: A Performance Text-Shelter from the Storm 39

4 The Elephant in the Living Room or Extending the Conversation about the Politics of Evidence 57

Part 2 Interpretation 83

5 The Art of Interpretation: The Stories We Tell One Another 85

6 The Practices of Interpretation 115

7 Reading and Writing Interpretation 151

8 Emancipatory Discourses, and the Ethics and Politics of Interpretation 175

Part 3 Performance and Pedagogy 203

9 Analytic Autoethnography, or Déjá Vu All Over Again 205

10 The Reflexive Interview and a Performative Social Science 215

11 Memory: Lewis and Clark in Yellowstone, circa 2004 243

Part 4 Ethical Futures 275

12 IRBs and the Turn to Indigenous Ethics 277

13 The New Paradigm Dialogues and Qualitative Inquiry 307

Notes 323

References 343

Index 387

About the Author 400

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