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Lessons James Joyce Teaches Us1
Lessons James Joyce teaches us

A triple crisis of representation, legitimation, and praxis confronts qualitative researchers in the human disciplines. Embedded in the discourses of poststructuralism and postmodernism (Derrida, 1978; Lather, 1991, 1993; Martin, 1992; Richardson, 1992, 1994a, 1994b), these three crises are, as Lather (1993) notes, coded in multiple terms variously called and associated with the “critical, interpretive, linguistic, feminist, and rhetorical turns” in social theory.2 These new turns make problematic two key assumptions of qualitative research. The first assumption presumes that qualitative researchers can no longer directly capture lived experience. Such experience, it is argued, is created in the social text written by the researcher. This is the representational crisis. It confronts the inescapable problem of representation but does ...

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