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The Methodological Dilemma Revisited Creative, Critical and Collaborative Approaches to Qualitative Research for a New Era

Edited By Kathleen Gallagher Copyright 2018
    236 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    236 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    In The Methodological Dilemma Revisited, authors examine what in their research processes has given pause, thwarted the process of seamless productivity, or stalled the easy research output but has, instead, insisted upon a deeper analysis. This resistance of the expedient explanation has consequences both for the research topics under study and the ways in which qualitative research is conducted in a globalized era of deepening social inequality.

    The book is pedagogical in its orientation and reflects upon the politics of knowledge construction. Working with queer and minoritized youth communities, and other precarious publics, the authors convey their relationships to groups they are inside or outside of, or allied with—posing ethical questions about research designs and worldviews. Themes such as representation, refusal, and resistance of hegemonies are nuanced by investigations into the ethical, practical, and scholarly dimensions of the turn toward collaboration in qualitative inquiry. Other chapters examine the place, value, and concerns of aesthetic representation of qualitative research. Finally, the authors consider issues of criticality in research, and the concepts of compassion and humility.

    This book contains contributions from some of the most imaginative qualitative researchers, making the most of their research dilemmas in order to reflect upon the challenges and resistances they encounter in the work of qualitative research.

    List of figures List of contributors Acknowledgements Introduction Kathleen Gallagher; Part I Political contexts, affect, art, and ethical relations in research; Chapter 1. Refusing to check the box: participatory inqueery at the radical rim Michelle Fine​, María Elena Torre, David Frost, Allison Cabana and ShéárAvory Chapter 2. Troubling participatory action research: institutional constraints, neoliberal individualism, and the limits of social change in participatory filmmaking with homeless youth Jacqueline Kennelly Chapter 3. The long-distance ethnographer in the new academy of global fetishes: a reflection on the lost gifts of ethnographic exchange in the young lives of MK freedom fighters in South Africa Jo-Anne Dillabough and Dominique Dillabough-Lefevbre Chapter 4. Representing refusals: dilemmas in making photo-based research with migrant youth Eve Tuck and Deanna Del Vecchio Chapter 5. Love, time, reflexivity, and the methodological imaginary Kathleen Gallagher; Part II Worldviews, feelings, performance, and theory in interrogations of the social field in research; Chapter 6. On being sick of humans in a post-human world: toward a queer vegan methodology Caroline Fusco Chapter 7. Researching the ambiguous global elite: methodological reflections on the invisible realities and contradictory politics of neoliberal globalization Kiran Mirchandani, Sanjukta Mukherjee and Shruti Tambe Chapter 8. The dilemmas of placed compositional performances as methodology Anne Wessels Chapter 9. Inviting startling empathy through performed ethnography: a queer(ed) collective research project Tara Goldstein, Jenny Salisbury, benjamin lee hicks, Kate Reid, Austen Koecher, and Pamela Baer Chapter 10. Dilemmas of conceptualizing affect and emotion: towards a critical interdisciplinary methodology Megan Boler


    Kathleen Gallagher is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Toronto, Canada, and author of many books and articles on theatre, youth, pedagogy, methodology, and gender, and travels widely, giving international addresses and workshops for practitioners. Her research continues to focus on questions of youth civic engagement and artistic practice, and the pedagogical and methodological possibilities of theater.

    This collection updates with new authors (and generations) and new topics in new times for ethnography. Inclusive globally, methodologically (including the quantitative) and both expected and unexpected topically, it helps us situate ourselves in the complicated spaces of inquiry in our time of now. With a focus always on the ethical and political, it is designed to be of use in keeping qualitative research moving and alive.

    Patti Lather, Professor Emerita, Ohio State University