Radical Research explores the view that research is not a neutral tool to be employed without bias in the search for truth. Rather the radical roots of research are to be seen in the focus on freedom and emancipation from blind allegiance to tradition, ‘common sense’, religion, or powerful individuals and organisations.
Radical Research introduces and draws upon leading contemporary debates and data gathered from a diversity of funded projects in; health, education, police training, youth and community, schools, business, and the use of information technology.
This book presents a radical view of research in a way that enables both beginner and the experienced professional researcher to explore its approaches in the formation of their own views and practices. It progressively leads the reader from discussions of case studies to critical explorations of the philosophical and methodological concepts, theories and arguments that are central to contemporary debates. In essence, this book shows how to design, develop and write radical research under conditions where ‘normal’ research rules apply and it offers a ground-breaking and proven alternative to traditional research techniques.
Introduction 1. Bodies in Chains 2. Unchaining, Deconstruction and the Intertextual 3. Fragmenting and Re-Framing Bodies 4. Incarnating/Incorporating Data as Understanding and Explanation 5. Events of Transposition 6. Power, Rights and the Real 7. (Il)legitimate Knowledge(s): Wrongs and Injuries 8. Provocative Identities, Radical Edges: Difference, Diversity and the Same 9. Universalising the Singular(s): Designing the Radical Game 10. W/ri(gh)ting Fashions