1st Edition

Qualitative Inquiry in the Public Sphere

Edited By Norman K. Denzin, Michael D. Giardina Copyright 2018
    230 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    230 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Qualitative Inquiry in the Public Sphere examines the relationships between public scholarship, the research marketplace, and the politics of higher education. 

    It is written from the perspective that higher education is under attack from multiple sides, both political and economic; that academics reside in a precarious position, one fraught with accountability metrics, funding pressures, and spiralling bureaucracy; and that scientific knowledge itself is increasingly contentious in public. These internal and external pressures have fundamentally transformed the public sphere of higher education from one of rational public discourse by and for the public good to one of private market relations and strategic research decisions. In turn, these transformations have fundamentally altered what it means to be a ‘productive’ scholar within this space—altered what it means to be a public researcher in this space.

    Leading international voices from the United States, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Norway collectively present a forceful rebuke to such developments, raising a clarion call to action on topics ranging from scholarly publishing, audit culture, and the privatization of public knowledge to Indigenous, arts-based, and collaborative research methods.

    Qualitative Inquiry in the Public Sphere is a must-read for faculty and students alike interested in the politics of being a public researcher—of conducting research in and influencing dialogue in the public sphere.

    Introduction Norman K. Denzin and Michael D. Giardina

    Section I: Private Lives, Public Matters

    Chapter 1. Fracking the faculty: The privatization of public knowledge, the erosion of faculty worklife quality, the diminution of the liberal arts Yvonna S. Lincoln

    Chapter 2. Academic de-institutionalization and radical imagination vs. audit culture Marc Spooner

    Chapter 3. Into the woods: Scholarly publishing for a post-tenure world Mitch Allen

    Chapter 4. The BMJ debate and what it tells us about who says what, when and where, about our qualitative inquiry Julianne Cheek

    Chapter 5. Indigenous qualitative research in the neoliberal public sphere Patrick Lewis

    Chapter 6. Cultivating critical reflexivity in the public sphere Ping-Chun Hsiung

    Chapter 7. Individual needs, cultural barriers, public discourses: Taking qualitative inquiry into the public sphere Silke Migala and Uwe Flick


    Chapter 8. On Being Awake after the 2016 U.S. Presidential election Ronald J. Pelias

    Section II: The Critical Imagination and Pedagogies of Change

    Chapter 9. Research for revolutionaries by #JimScheurich James Joseph Scheurich

    Chapter 10. Method ol o gie s …that encounter (slowness and) irregular rhythm Mirka Koro-Ljungberg and Timothy Wells

    Chapter 11. Collaborative autoethnography: An ethical approach to inquiry that makes a difference Judith C. Lapadat

    Chapter 12. Writing to it: Creating engagement with writing practice in and with the not yet known in today’s academy Jonathan Wyatt and Ken Gale

    Chapter 13. The future of critical arts-based research: Creating political spaces for resistance politics Susan Finley

    Chapter 14. Musical chairs: Method, style, tradition James Salvo

    Coda Pedagogy, civil rights, and the project of insurrectional democracy Henry Giroux


    Norman K. Denzin is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Communications, College of Communications Scholar, and Research Professor of Communications, Sociology, and Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

    Michael D. Giardina is Professor of Media, Politics, and Physical Culture in the Department of Sport Management at Florida State University, USA.

    The quality of scholarship introduced at the annual International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry is consistently innovative, provocative, and scholarly. This collection of papers represents some of the finest work of international scholars who attended the 13th annual Congress and proposed how to use qualitative inquiry and the different systems of thought that differently shape it to resist the alarming politics of the global right. At once affirmative and urgent, this book serves as inspiration and a call to political action.

    Elizabeth Adams St.Pierre, Professor of Critical Studies, Educational Theory & Practice Department, University of Georgia

    The International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) continues to be a major intervention into the ethics and politics of social research. Responding to a felt need for a high quality forum to debate issues of theory, method and social justice, this latest volume of papers from the Congress reflects on the development of the ‘research-enterprise nexus’ in universities and our own complicity in the development of a research market place. It calls for a focus on the competition of ideas rather than products, and for wider engagement with communities and constituencies which should benefit from the processes and findings of qualitative research.

    Harry Torrance, Professor of Education, Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK