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 Responsibility Outside Duty: Responsibility Matters

As a result of neoliberal movements in higher education, technocrats (individuals who have been charged to carry out teaching and scholarship in decontextualized, temporal, disengaged ways by focusing on fast delivery, easily attainable outcomes, and other cost-saving measures) have come to replace many teachers and scholars, qualitative methodologists not being an exception. I worry that creative and nonnormative qualitative methodology has suffered extensively from the past economic hardships in higher education, creating even narrower views as to what constitutes “academic work” or possible even a methodology scholar. For example, in some universities, qualitative research courses are now taught by “temporary” instructors from other content areas, as expertise in methodological matters has shifted to an overemphasis on “easy fixes” ...

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