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.

Performative Inquiry

Performative Inquiry

MacLeod (1987), cited in Norris (2000, p. 40), has suggested that meaning is constructed via word, number, image, gesture and sound and that drama integrates all five. It is perhaps not surprising, therefore, given our multimedia world and search for more holistic modes of research, that there has been an increasing interest in performative inquiry.

Performative inquiry (Fels & McGiven, 2002) is the exploration of a topic or issue through performance (p. 27). It ‘opens spaces of intertextual play within which social responsibility and individual and communal response may be investigated’ (p. 30), ‘… provides a momentary entrance into “other” worlds embodied in play and reflection’ (p. 32), and ‘is a research methodology that recognizes and honours the absences, journey-landscapes, and space-moments of ...

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