The process of learning qualitative research has altered dramatically and this Handbook explores the growth, change, and complexity within the topic and looks back over its history to assess the current state of the art, and indicate possible future directions. Moving beyond textbook rehearsals of standard issues, the book examines key methodological debates and conflicts, approaching them in a critical, discursive manner.

Performative, Non-Representational, and Affect-Based Research: Seven Injunctions

Performative, non-representational, and affect-based research: Seven injunctions

All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

(Beckett, 1987: 7)


All of old: interview and record voices, transcribe and represent ‘authentic’ opinions of those whose everyday life we want to capture; or locate an event, time and space specific, and with video camera and an ethnographic eye, ear and turn of phrase, report back in prose and supporting image that which has just happened as something that is so ritually at the heart of the social formation that is our study. Performative, non-representational, and affect-based research pauses on the frightening thought: nothing else ever. Of course all methodological endeavour is creative in that ...

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