chapter  5
Transforming Inquiries: Enlarging Possible Worlds
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We ended Chapter 4 with a table summarizing the process of inquiry as we understand it given our relational constructionist ‘meta-theory.’ To recap, in Chapter 4 we made the point that, in principle, we can use anything that positive science would call a ‘method.’ What relational constructionism off ers us is an understanding that the way we think about methods and the way we use, talk, and write about them always emerge from a particular meta-theory. And, as we have shown, all meta-theories make assumptions about what exists (ontology), what we can know about what exists (epistemology), and how we can produce that knowledge (methodology). What becomes central for the constructionist is how we use any particular method. Our assumptions guide the questions we ask, how we try to answer them, what we count as ‘data,’ what we count as ‘fact,’ the language tools we use, what we recognize as rigor, and so on.