In the present political climate, qualitative researchers can bring rigorous research findings to public communities outside of the academy. Their findings can directly affect public policies, social justice, education and diversity issues, amongst others. The distinguished contributors of this book form a call to arms for the ever-increasing relevance of qualitative research in the public sphere.
Part I 1. Getting our qualitative ‘out there’ into the public sphere: But where is ‘out there’ and how do we work out who to tell what to? (Julianne Cheek, Ostfold University College, Norway). 2. Making it relevant: Qualitative Inquiry in the public sphere (Uwe Flick, Freie Universtat Berlin, Germany). 3.The value of qualitative inquiry for public policy (Joe Maxwell, George Mason University, USA). 4. Radically reframing critical research (James Scheurich, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA)
Part II. 5. ‘I can see, but do I live?’: ‘Transforming Research’ as an issue of social justice and human rights for Indigenous peoples (Graham Hingangaroa Smith, University of Waikato, New Zealand). 6. Collaborative autoethnography: Ethical inquiry that makes a difference (Judith Lapadat, University of Lethbridge, Canada). 7. Digital research in the public sphere: The reprise of critical theory as public contribution (Annette Markham, Aarhus University, Denmark). 8. The future of critical arts-based research: Creating political spaces for resistance politics (Susan Finley, Washington State University)
Part III. 9. Qualitative inquiry in the neoliberal public sphere (Mitchell Allen, University of California-Berkeley, USA). 10. Qualitative research and global audit culture: The politics of productivity, accountability, and possibility (Marc Spooner, University of Regina, Canada). 11. A dangerous accountability: Neoliberalism’s veer toward accountancy in higher education (Yvonna S. Lincoln, Texas A&M University, USA). 12. Being post-qualitative in the neoliberal university (Patti Lather, Ohio State University, USA)