Qualitative Inquiry at a Crossroads critically reflects on the ever-changing dynamics of qualitative research in the contemporary moment. We live at a crossroads in which the spaces for critical civic discourse are narrowing, in which traditional political ideologies are now questioned: there is no utopian vision on the horizon, only fear and doubt. The moral and ethical foundations of democracy are under assault, global inequality is on the rise, facts are derided as ‘fake news’—an uncertain future stands at our door.
Premised on the belief that our troubled times call for a critical inquiry that matters—a discourse committed to a politics of resistance, a politics of possibility—leading international contributors from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Spain, Norway, and Denmark present a range of perspectives, challenges, and opportunities for the field. In so doing, they wrestle with questions concerning the intersecting vectors of method, politics, and praxis. More specifically, contributors engage with issues ranging from indigenous and decolonizing methods, arts-based research, and intersectionality to debates over the research marketplace, accountability metrics, and emergent forays into post-qualitative inquiry.
Norman K. Denzin and Michael D. Giardina
Part I: Performative Reflections
Chapter 1. Between Bodies: Queer Grief in the Anthropocene
Anne Harris and Stacy Holman JonesChapter 2. "I Want the World to See": Black Feminist Performance Auto/Ethnography
Chapter 3. Canvassing the Body: A Radical Relationality of Art, Body, and Vibrant Materiality
Chapter 4. Intersectionality in Education Research: Methodology as Critical Inquiry and Praxis
Venus Evans-Winters and Jennifer Esposito
Part II: Philosophical Inflections
Chapter 5. Voice in the Agentic Assemblage
Lisa A. Mazzei and Alecia Youngblood Jackson
Chapter 6. Wondering in The Dark: The Generative Power of Unknowing in the Arts and In Qualitative Inquiry
Chapter 7. Virtuous Inquiry, Refusal, and Cynical Work
Aaron M. Kuntz
Chapter 8. Theorizing from the Streets: De/colonizing, Contemplative, and Creative Approaches in Consideration of Quality in Arts-Based Qualitative Research
Chapter 9. Stay Human: Can We Be Human After Posthumanism
Svend BrinkmannSection III: Political Interventions
Chapter 10. Resisting the Commodified Researcher Self: Interrogating the Data Doubles We Create for Ourselves when Buying and Selling Our Research Products in the Research Marketplace
Chapter 11. Contesting Accountability Metrics in Troubled Times Through Communicative Methodology
Aitor Gómez González
Chapter 12. Seduction and Desire: The Power of Spectacle
Chapter 13. Stitching Tattered Cloth: Reflections on Social Justice and Qualitative Inquiry in Turbulent Times
Karen M. Staller
Notes on Contributors
This is an outstanding book that provides a much-needed series of critical reflections on qualitative research at a time when critical civic discourses are narrowing and what counts as scholarship is increasingly under attack. It asks vital questions about the qualitative work we do, the way in which we do it, and the conditions under which that work exists. Embracing the cry for social justice, the book is also an important call for action. Qualitative Inquiry at a Crossroads is a gem that deserves to be read widely.
Brett Smith, University of Birmingham, UK
Qualitative Inquiry again comes at a new crossroad. The annual International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry is an important forum for reflecting, critically discussing, and developing the practice of qualitative inquiry. Political, scientific, and methodological challenges are starting points for its stimulating debates. This book presents a collection of highlight papers from the 14th. International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry written by some of the leading international researchers in the field. They locate qualitative inquiry in its development over time for setting its agenda in troubled times which define the current crossroad to face.
Uwe Flick, Professor of Qualitative Social and Educational Research, Department of Psychology and Education, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany