1st Edition

Qualitative Inquiry Through a Critical Lens

ISBN 9781629585024
Published April 22, 2016 by Routledge
158 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

USD $49.95

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Book Description

This volume highlights work being done in qualitative inquiry through a variety of critical lenses such as new materialism, queer theory, and narrative inquiry. Contributors ranging from seasoned academics to emerging scholars attend to questions of ontology and epistemology, providing, in the process, insights that any qualitative researcher interested in the state of the field would find of value. The authors:

  • re-think taken-for-granted paradigms, frameworks, methodologies, ethics, and politics;
  • demonstrate major shifts in qualitative inquiry, and point readers in new and exciting directions;
  • advocate for a critical qualitative inquiry that addresses social justice, decolonization, and the politics of research;
  • present plenary addresses and other key original papers from the 2015 International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.

This title is sponsored by the International Association of Qualitative Inquiry, a major new international organization which sponsors an annual Congress.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Qualitative Inquiry Through a Critical Lens

Norman K. Denzin & Michael D. Giardina

Section I: Theoretical Imperatives

Chapter 1: The Long Reach of Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism

Elizabeth Adams St. Pierre

Chapter 2: Moving Forward, Pushing Back: Indigenous Methodologies in the Academy

Margaret Kovach

Chapter 3: The Power of Stories and the Potential of Theorizing for Social Justice Studies

Kathy Charmaz

Section II: Methodological Interventions

Chapter 4: Poetic Inquiry: Transforming Qualitative Data into Poetry

Valerie J. Janesick

Chapter 5: Emergent Listening

Bronwyn Davies

Chapter 6: Queer and Quare Autoethnography

Robin M. Boylorn & Tony E. Adams

Chapter 7: This is Not a Collaborative Writing

Mirka Koro-Ljungberg & Jasmine B. Ulmer

Section III: Performing Inquiry

Chapter 8: Written Raw: Omissions, Overshares, and the Shameful Ethics of Personal Narrative

Sophie Tamas

Chapter 9: Writing In/Through the In Between: Messy Middles and Cartoon Clouds

Patricia Leavy

Chapter 10: Fragments of a Western Self

Norman K. Denzin


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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.

Michael D. Giardina is Associate Professor of Sport, Culture, and Politics and Associate Director of the Center for Sport, Health, and Equitable Development at Florida State University.