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Norman K. Denzin

In: The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection

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Performance, Hermeneutics, Interpretation1
Performance, Hermeneutics, Interpretation
Norman K. Denzin

Ethnography, rhetoric, and performance join forces precisely on this front of resistance to totalizing thought. This is a performative cultural politics, which recuperates any lingering estrangement between rhetoric, ethnography, the poetic and the political. (Conquergood, 1992a, pp. 80, 96 paraphrase)

A Conundrum

How to write a chapter on qualitative data collection for a Handbook of Data Collection when the practices that produce data are under assault? Under such circumstances how can you address qualitative data collection as a major step in qualitative research. But address the topic we must. The skeptics and the advocates will not be silenced. Criticism and controversy come from all sides (Koro-Ljungberg, 2016). The argument is straightforward: things, words, ‘become data only when theory acknowledges ...

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