Qualitative Inquiry and the Politics of Evidence

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-05-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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What is evidence in qualitative inquiry and how is it evaluated? What is true or false in research is strongly influenced by socially defined criteria and by the politics of academia? In providing an alternative to conservative science, qualitative researchers are often victimized by these politics. The use of qualitative evidence within the policy arena is also subject to social and political factors. Within qualitative inquiry itself, evidence is defined differently in different discourses --law, medicine, history, cultural, or performance studies. The interdisciplinary, international group of contributors to this volume address these questions in an attempt to create evidential criteria for qualitative work. Sponsored by the International Center for Qualitative Inquiry

Table of Contents

The Elephant in the Living Room, OR Advancing the Conversation about the Politics of Evidencep. 9
Policy Intentionsp. 53
Building Confidence in Qualitative Research: Engaging the Demands of Policyp. 55
On Promoting Rigor in Educational Research: The Example of the UK's Research Assessment Exercise?p. 80
Isolating Science from the Humanities: The Third Dogma of Educational Researchp. 97
A Fine Line: Positioning Qualitative Inquiry in the Wake of the Politics of Evidencep. 119
Theoretical and Methodological Interruptionsp. 135
The Evidentiary Narrative: Notes toward a Symbolic Interactionist Perspective about Evidencep. 137
The Value of a Realist Understanding of Causality for Qualitative Researchp. 163
(Post)Feminist Methodology: Getting Lost, OR a Scientificity We Can Bear to Learn fromp. 182
Qualitative Researchers' Conceptualizations of the Risks Inherent in Qualitative Interviewsp. 195
Performative Interventionsp. 219
Narrative Poetics and Performative Interventionsp. 221
From Politicized Knowledge to Standardized Knowing: The Trickle-Down Effect in Schoolsp. 250
Heartbeats: Exploring the Power of Qualitative Research Expressed as Auto/Ethnographic Performance Textsp. 270
Cancer and Death: A Love Story in Many Voicesp. 288
Coda: Let's Get Personal: First-Generation Autoethnographers Reflect on Writing Personal Narrativesp. 309
Indexp. 335
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