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.

Narrative Perspectives

Narrative Perspectives

The historical roots of narrative provided the context for narrative to flourish. Pinnegar and Daynes (2007) have delineated four basic themes that contributed to the narrative turn. The first and most important of these was the change in the nature of the research relationship. No longer was it possible to think of research as a process that takes place in a controlled, objective, and decontextualized space existing outside of time where facts can be examined, hypotheses tested, and principles/theories generated, as done typically in the physical sciences. There was dissatisfaction with this type of research stance. Researchers demanded that the human element in their work warranted recognition by acknowledging the subjective, relational, contextual, and constitutive nature of inquiry.

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