Qualitative inquiry is not merely a research method or a series of analytic steps, but a holistic process that challenges the age-old qualitative/quantitative dichotomy. This book provides students and researchers with an approachable guide to a range of interpretive perspectives, including thematic, narrative, and arts-based types of inquiry. Fully revised and updated, the new Second Edition features: • A brand new introduction firmly placing qualitative inquiry in context • New further reading sections to guide you deeper into the relevant literature • Expanded sections on auto-ethnography and technology • A range of examples to demonstrate the application of research techniques Presenting a clear overview of the theory, method and interpretation involved in qualitative inquiry, this book is the ideal starting point for those engaging in arts-based qualitative research.
Introduction to Qualitative Inquiry
This introductory chapter traces the evolution of qualitative research. It uses as a backdrop Denzin and Lincoln’s (2005a; 2018) notions of the nine moments of qualitative research and provides more detail of what has happened in the last four decades, from the 1970s until the present. It highlights how, in the 1970s, educational anthropologists and sociolinguists did much to promote qualitative research in order to understand human activity in context, and make research more useful and accessible. It discusses the influence of narrative and feminist work in the 1980s that opened the doors to more storied, embodied and ethical/participatory approaches to research. This was followed closely by the shift to nontraditional and more recently called arts-based methodologies, used to counteract ...