Textbooks on Qualitative Research and Method/Methodology: Toward a Praxis of Method

Posted on December 5, 2005 

Textbooks on Qualitative Research and Method/Methodology: Toward a Praxis of Method

Methodology is a fetishism, an ideology, consisting of catalogs of precepts that make sense only when a researcher already understands what methodology is about. Although most scholars are aware of a theory–praxis gap in doing scientific research, they continue to produce methods and methodology textbooks that are useful only to the person who already knows how to do research. I provide a demonstration for proposing a way in which authors on “methods” concretely realize a particular form of articulating what they have done and how they have done it in exemplary studies. That is, I am arguing for narratives of praxis of method rather than for methods of practice.

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Figure 1: A sticker like this ought to feature on every book pretending to be a hands-on guide to research by presenting different methodologies and approaches.

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