Common Features of Qualitative Inquiry
This chapter presents an example of cosmetic surgery and health as well as others to argue that historical forms of inquiry that identifies the ways that injustice has come to be embedded in different social, historical, and cultural contexts. The author is interested in learning more about the ways that the medical profession and consumer advertisers discussed femininity during the interwar period in Canada. Historical inquiry can help to explore the genealogy of ideas to document shifts in discourses and make more educated decisions about everything. Employing the process of historical thinking can help us to trace the roots of marginalization to critique the ways that these injustices continue to remain unaddressed in our contemporary world. Narrative inquiry seeks to uncover the story behind events and the actors involved in them. Genealogical and archaeological approaches are closely related because they both seek to trace the origins of ideas.