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.

Data-Wants and Data Entanglements: Data Matter

Data is such a central concept in the world of researchers that oftentimes the role of data, its conceptualization, its theoretical connections, and its “doings” (i.e., the ways in which data works, provokes, generates, and moves) are taken for granted. It is as if data is already known and at least anticipated prior to its construction, emergence, and appearance. Qualitative researchers plan what to do with it (data), how to analyze it, how to present it, and how to increase the validity of it even before they have any encounters with data. Discussion in this section attempts to problematize these taken-for-granted notions of data and assumed ways in which data might function, happen, provoke, and relate (see also ...

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