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Reconceptualizing Qualitative Research

Reconceptualizing Qualitative Research
Methodologies without Methodology

May 2015 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Calling for qualitative research that is complex, situational, theoretically situated, and yet productive, Reconceptualizing Qualitative Research discusses the multiplicities and uncertainty embedded in different methodological configurations and entanglements that blur the boundaries between doing research, theorizing, thinking, and reflecting. Writing in a clear, conversational style, author Mirka Koro-Ljungberg urges readers to think about qualitative research differently, often in creative ways, and to continuously question existing grand narratives and dogmas.

About the Author
Random yet Necessary Appreciation Notes
The (Un)Structure of This Book
1: A Proxy for a Foreword
2: Methodological Language Creates "Realities": Labels and Language Matter
Why Do Labels Matter?

Different Uses of Labels

Qualitative Researchers’ Romance With the Meaning

Labels Create, Act, Provoke, and Do Other Things

Using Labels of Reflexivity and Triangulation

Possibilities of Linguistic Creativity and Innovation in Research: Living With Words Without Stable Meaning

Reading List of Life

3. Data-Wants and Data Entanglements: Data Matter
Data Directionality

The Dilemma of Data-Wants

Data's Past

Data Object

Interlude: Knowledge Context

Analytical Interactions in the Existing Literature

What Might Data Want?

The Paradox of Wanting/Interacting

Reading List of Life

Irruption 1: Introducing Undirectionality and Uncertainty Through Images

4. Fluid Methodological Spaces: Methodologies Matter
What Do Linear Methodologies Do?

What Might Happen in Fluid Methodological Spaces?

Conceptualizing Fluid and Incorporeal Methodological Spaces

Connecting With Massumi and Deleuze

Connecting With Baudrillard

Connecting With Mol and Law

Annemarie Mol's Fluid Methodology

Another Conceptualization Beyond Mol's Methodological Singularity

The Unexpected Lives of Methodologies Without Methodology

Reading List of Life

5. Afterword: This Project (and Other Projects Alike) May Be "Failing" Productively
Irruption 2: Performance, Philosophy, and Not-Knowing

6. Methodological Responsibility Outside Duty: Responsibility Matters
Why Does Responsibility Matter?

The Role of Research Responsibility in Forming Public Policy

Return to Responsibility

Imaging Responsibility as Resisting Closure and Holding a Space for the Other

Imaging Responsibility as Responding to Urgency

Imaging Responsibility as Rupturing Tradition, Authority, and Order

Researchers’ Responsibilities To Come

Reading List of Life

7. Teaching and Learning the Unteachable: Pedagogies Matter
Teaching Through the Teachable Past and Transferable Experiences

Dilemma 1: Qualitative Research Occurs “Here” or “There”

Dilemma 2: Qualitative Research Methods as Luxury or Necessity

Dilemma 3: Qualitative Research Methods May Be Personally Favored but Socially Marginalized

Learning With(out) Teachable Teaching

Teaching With the Past: Some Ghost Stories

Curriculum Events and Erasure of a Ghost Curriculum

A Series of Unthinkable and Unknowable Classroom Events

Beginning Again and Again: New Projects, New Methodologies

Reading List of Life

8. Productive Paradoxes in Participant-Driven Research: Communities and Audiences Matter
Body Maps as Tools for Reflection on PDR

PDR Exemplars from Student Researchers

Working Together With the National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI): A Community-Based Classroom Project

Voice, Diversity, and Literacy Leadership With Young Children at Risk: Learning From and With Child-Care Workers

Another Understanding of PDR: Where To Go From Here

Reading List of Life

Irruption 3: Living Uncertainty


Because of [the author’s] deep theoretical knowledge combined with years of working with young scholars and students, she articulates what we all struggle with as qualitative research. You will find yourself nodding your head with the points she is making and furiously taking notes. This is a book that will be well-worn and loved when you finish it.

Cassie Quigley, Clemson University

This book is a thinking text for new and seasoned qualitative researchers. Readers who engage ‘Methodologies without Methodology’ (because this text refuses to be passively read) will be provoked, moved, and challenged to rethink the processes and purposes of qualitative research and compelled to risk engaging in a more creative and exciting inquiry that resists conformity.

Jennifer R. Wolgemuth, University of South Florida

This book provides a thoughtful articulation of qualitative inquiry from a post-perspective. Readers are invited to deconstruct qualitative inquiry in provocative yet productive ways. I would highly recommend this text for novice or seasoned scholars that desire an alternative to more traditional qualitative research texts and approaches.

Jori N. Hall, University of Georgia

This book discusses the squishy-ness of qualitative research in a way that most books do not. It provides ample philosophical grounding and encourages the reader to think critically.

Ruth Ban, Barry University

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