Qualitative Inquiry at a Crossroads critically reflects on the ever-changing dynamics of qualitative research in the contemporary moment. We live at a crossroads in which the spaces for critical civic discourse are narrowing, in which traditional political ideologies are now questioned: there is no utopian vision on the horizon, only fear and doubt. The moral and ethical foundations of democracy are under assault, global inequality is on the rise, facts are derided as ‘fake news’—an uncertain future stands at our door. 

Premised on the belief that our troubled times call for a critical inquiry that matters—a discourse committed to a politics of resistance, a politics of possibility—leading international contributors from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Spain, Norway, and Denmark present a range of perspectives, challenges, and opportunities for the field. In so doing, they wrestle with questions concerning the intersecting vectors of method, politics, and praxis. More specifically, contributors engage with issues ranging from indigenous and decolonizing methods, arts-based research, and intersectionality to debates over the research marketplace, accountability metrics, and emergent forays into post-qualitative inquiry. 

chapter |16 pages


Qualitative Inquiry at a Crossroads
Edited ByNorman K. Denzin, Michael D. Giardina

part I|1 pages

Performative Reflections

chapter 1|13 pages

Between Bodies

19Queer Grief in the Anthropocene
ByAnne Harris, Stacy Holman Jones

chapter 2|16 pages

“I wanted the world to see”

Black Feminist Performance Auto/Ethnography
ByWilson Okello

chapter 3|4 pages

Canvasing the Body

A Radical Relationality of Art, Body, and Vibrant Materiality
ByTami Spry

chapter 4|13 pages

Intersectionality in Education Research

Methodology as Critical Inquiry and Praxis
ByVenus E. Evans-Winters, Jennifer Esposito

part II|1 pages

Methodological Inflections

chapter 5|13 pages

Voice in the Agentic Assemblage

ByLisa A. Mazzei, Alecia Youngblood Jackson

chapter 6|16 pages

Wondering in the dark

The Generative Power of Unknowing in the Arts and in Qualitative Inquiry
ByLiora Bresler

chapter 7|13 pages

Virtuous Inquiry, Refusal, and Cynical Work

ByAaron M. Kuntz

chapter 8|17 pages

Theorizing from the Streets

De/colonizing, Contemplative, and Creative Approaches and Consideration of Quality in Arts-Based Qualitative Research
ByKakali Bhattacharya

chapter 9|13 pages

Stay Human

Can We Be Human after Posthumanism? 1
BySvend Brinkmann

part III|1 pages

Political Interventions

chapter 10|16 pages

Resisting the Commodified Researcher Self

141Interrogating the Data Doubles We Create for Ourselves when Buying and Selling Our Research Products in the Research Marketplace
ByJulianne Cheek

chapter 12|15 pages

Seduction and Desire

The Power of Spectacle
ByBronwyn Davies

chapter 13|13 pages

Stitching Tattered Cloth

Reflections on Social Justice and Qualitative Inquiry in Troubled Times
ByKaren M. Staller