Mindful Inquiry in Social Research

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This innovative introduction to research in the social sciences guides students and new researchers through the maze of research traditions, cultures of inquiry and epistemological frameworks. It introduces the underlying logic of ten cultures of inquiry: ethnography; quantitative behavioral science; phenomenology; action research; hermeneutics; evaluation research; feminist research; critical social science; historical-comparative research; and theoretical research. It clarifies conceptual and intellectual traditions in research, and puts researchers firmly in the investigative saddle - able to choose, justify, and explain the intellectual framework and personal rationale of their research.

 

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Contents

Mode of Serious Play
13
The Postmodern Situation and
19
The Mysterious Death and Afterlife of Positivism
26
Conclusion
35
The Spiral of Mindful Inquiry
42
Beyond Research Ethics to Mindful Inquiry
54
Linking Theory and Research
63
The Role of the Scholarly Practitioner
66
Orientation to Ethnographic Inquiry
117
The Nature of Explanation and the Nature of Knowledge
123
Relationship Between Researcher and Subject Matter
125
The Nature of Explanation and the Nature of Knowledge
131
The Nature of Explanation and the Nature of Knowledge
137
A Note on Grounded Theory
145
Some Historical Notes on Critical Social Science
151
The Nature of Explanation and the Nature of Knowledge
154

What Makes Something Count as Knowledge?
75
Situating Yourself Within Research Traditions
90
CHAPTER EIGHT
105
Hermeneutic Methods of Gaining Understanding
111
Cultivate a Boundless Heart Toward All Beings
167
Introductory Reading List
186
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