The Meaning of Contemplation for Social Qualitative Research
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This book offers an account of contemplative reflection in qualitative social research. Focusing on the experiences of the researcher – including sensory and emotional experiences – and the work of the mind in the investigative process, it considers the means by which the researcher’s basic assumptions can be analysed and bracketed, so as to shed light on the process by which knowledge is produced. Through an exploration of the methods of meditation, auto-observation and self-reports, epoché, ‘contemplative memo-ing’, and the contemplative diary, the author explores the essential role of subjectivity in qualitative research, providing inspiration for more mindful research. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology, anthropology and geography with interests in phenomenology, research methods and the role of the mind in the research process.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Grounded Theory Methodology and Phenomenological Qualitative Research 2. Contemplative Grounded Theory 3. The Sociology of the Lifeworld versus the Deathworld: How Can One Protect the Lifeworld? 4. Mindful Sociology: A Contemplative Diary in Studying the Work of the Mind of a Sociologist in the Times of Coronavirus 5. Experiencing the Space: Visiting Cemeteries on All Saints’ Day and an Ordinary Day Conclusions
Krzysztof T. Konecki is Professor of Sociology and Chief of the Department of Sociology of Organization and Management at the University of Łódź, Poland. He is also editor-in-chief of Qualitative Sociology Review and President of the Polish Sociological Association. He has published extensively on qualitative methods and grounded theory methodology and is the author of Advances in Contemplative Social Research.