chapter  17
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Crafting and Selecting Research Questions and Contexts in Qualitative Research

ByMichael G. Pratt

Choosing a research question and context are integral to the design of a qualitative project. In fact, we often see them as the first things in design, and we typically think of them in that order: question and context. But how does one begin a research project? Before plunging into the chapter topic, I wanted to borrow a page from Michel Anteby (also in this book) who talks about the importance of telling our own stories, and perhaps to some degree John Van Maanen, who talks about “confessional tales” as a style of writing (Anteby, 2012; Van Maanen, 1988). That is, I want to begin by telling my own story about a beginning: specifically, which wellsprings I am drawing from in this chapter.