Qualitative inquiry and the politics of evidence

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Left Coast Press, Jun 30, 2008 - Philosophy - 352 pages
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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 discoursesalaw, 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.

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Norman K. Denzin is Distinguished Professor of Communications, College of Communications Scholar, and Research Professor of Communications, Sociology, and Humanities at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. One of the world’s foremost authorities on qualitative research and cultural criticism, Denzin is the author or editor of more than two dozen books, including Reading Race; Interpretive Ethnography; The Cinematic Society; The Voyeur’s Gaze; and The Alcoholic Self. He is past editor of The Sociological Quarterly, co-editor (with Yvonna S. Lincoln) of three editions of the landmark Handbook of Qualitative Research, coeditor (with Michael D. Giardina) of two plenary volumes from prior Congresses of Qualitative Inquiry, co-editor (with Lincoln) of the methods journal Qualitative Inquiry, founding editor of Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, and editor of three book series.

About the Editors:Norman K. Denzin is professor of communications at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, co-editor with Yvonna Lincoln of the Handbook of Qualitative Research and the journal Qualitative Inquiry, as well as author of two dozen books. Michael D. Giardina is Visiting Assistant Professor of Advertising & Cultural Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The two have edited Qualitative Inquiry and the Conservative Challenge (Left Coast, 2006) and Ethical Futures in Qualitative Research (Left Coast, 2007), based on previous Congress on Qualitative Inquiry.About the Contributors:Julianne Cheek, Professor & Director, Early Career Researcher Development, Division of Health Sciences, University of South AustraliaFrederick Erickson, Professor of Education, UCLADavid Altheide, Regents' Professor, School of Justice and Social Inquiry, Arizona State UniversityChristopher Stonebanks, Professor of Education, Bishops University, CanadaIan Stronach, Professor of Education, Manchester Metropolitan UniversityD. Soyini Madison, Professor of Performance Studies, Northwestern UniversityCarolyn Ellis and Arthur Bochner, Professor of Communication, University of South FloridaH.L. (Bud) Goodall, Jr., Professor and Director, Hugh Downs School of Communication, Arizona State UniversityRon Pelias, Professor of Communication, Southern Illinois UniversityLaurel Richardson, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Ohio State University

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