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, 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