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.

Methodological Language Creates “Realities”: Labels and Language Matter

Why Do Labels Matter?

The purpose of this section is to draw attention to the various ways in which methodological language and labels are used in qualitative research to create “realities” (“reality” in this context refers to onto-epistemological spaces that have been created, and I do not use the label “reality” in an objectivist, positivist, or neopositivist sense, but quite possibly in opposite ways). It is important to emphasize that I am especially interested in diverse and changing realities that labels can provoke and set in motion.

Section key points:

  • Labels reflect power, legitimacy, and historical markers
  • Labels should not be taken for granted
  • Labels are creations, and scholars can create new labels to represent new material and linguistic connections
  • Labels and ...
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