Critical approaches to qualitative research
Contribution to a Book
Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research
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.
Accountability and engaged practice, Critical ethnography, Critical inquiry, Dialectical analysis, Politics, Reflexivity
Kum Kum Bhavnani, Peter Chua, and Dana Collins. "Critical approaches to qualitative research" The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research (2020): 243-262. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190847388.013.17