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?
8. Slow-Motion Activism: Performing Impossible Futures
9. Big Data, Thick Data, Digital Transformation, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Why Qualitative Inquiry is More Relevant than Ever
Coda. Sublime Resistance: Imagining Peace, Freedom, Health, Happiness, Community
John M. Johnson