Title

Critical approaches to qualitative research

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Document Type

Contribution to a Book

Department

Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

Publication Title

The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research

Editor

Patricia Leavy

DOI

10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190847388.013.17

First Page

243

Last Page

262

Abstract

This chapter reflects on critical strategies in qualitative research. It examines the meanings and debates associated with the term critical, in particular, contrasting liberal and dialectical notions and practices in relation to social analysis and qualitative research. The chapter also explores how critical social research may be synonymous with critical ethnography in relation to issues of power, positionality, representation, and the production of situated knowledges. It uses Bhavnani’s framework to draw on Dana Collins’s research as a specific case to suggest how the notion of the critical relates to ethnographic research practices: ensuring feminist and queer accountability, resisting reinscription, and integrating lived experience.

Keywords

Accountability and engaged practice, Critical ethnography, Critical inquiry, Dialectical analysis, Politics, Reflexivity

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