1st Edition

Collaborative Futures in Qualitative Inquiry Research in a Pandemic

Edited By Norman K. Denzin, Michael D. Giardina Copyright 2021
    172 Pages
    by Routledge

    170 Pages
    by Routledge

    Collaborative Futures in Qualitative Inquiry critically reflects on and explores the role of qualitative research amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic. Against this unprecedented backdrop, it asks what research means during a global pandemic and what it means to be an academic.

    Leading international scholars from the United States, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom wrestle with the changing dynamics of research in pandemic times. Collectively and collaboratively, contributors call for a critical, performative, social justice inquiry directed at the multiple crises of our historical present—a rethinking of where we have been, and, critically, where we are going. More specifically, contributors focus on such topics as: the emotional geographies of academic writing; assaults on science and truth; pedagogies of the imagination; indigenization and reconciliation; the search for our common humanity; and the relevance of qualitative inquiry in an era of big data and digital transformation.

    Collaborative Futures in Qualitative Inquiry is a must-read for faculty and students alike who are interested in imagining new ways to collaborate, to engage in research and activism, and represent and intervene into social life in pandemic times.


    Norman K. Denzin and Michael D. Giardina

    Section I: Political Futures

    1. The COVID-19 Pandemic is Exposing the Plague of Neoliberalism

    Henry A. Giroux

    2. Becoming Weary/Wary: Confecting Anew in a Fascist World

    Aaron M. Kuntz

    Section II: Performative Futures

    3. Betweeners: Our Common Humanity in Repressive Times

    Claudio Moreira and Marcelo Diversi

    4. The Emotional Geographies of Academic Writing: Writing as a Method of Survival

    Sophie Tamas, Katarina Georgaras and Maria Dabboussy

    5. It is a Lonely Voice Between the Social Rebellion and the Pandemic

    Cesar A. Cisneros-Puebla

    6. Whimsy, Ethnographic Writing, and the Everyday: Possibilities, Politics, Poetics

    Katie Fitzpatrick and Jonathan Wyatt

    Section III: Global Futures

    7. Still Stumbling toward Indigenization, Reconciliation, and Decolonization: We Acknowledge the Land, Now What?

    Patrick Lewis

    8. Slow-Motion Activism: Performing Impossible Futures

    Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston

    9. Big Data, Thick Data, Digital Transformation, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Why Qualitative Inquiry is More Relevant than Ever

    Julianne Cheek

    Coda. Sublime Resistance: Imagining Peace, Freedom, Health, Happiness, Community

    John M. Johnson


    Norman K. Denzin is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Communications, Sociology, and the Humanities at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the Founder of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.

    Michael D. Giardina is Professor of Physical Culture and Qualitative Inquiry in the Department of Sport Management at Florida State University. He is the Director of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.