In The Methodological Dilemma Revisited, authors examine what in their research processes has given pause, thwarted the process of seamless productivity, or stalled the easy research output but has, instead, insisted upon a deeper analysis. This resistance of the expedient explanation has consequences both for the research topics under study and the ways in which qualitative research is conducted in a globalized era of deepening social inequality.

The book is pedagogical in its orientation and reflects upon the politics of knowledge construction. Working with queer and minoritized youth communities, and other precarious publics, the authors convey their relationships to groups they are inside or outside of, or allied with—posing ethical questions about research designs and worldviews. Themes such as representation, refusal, and resistance of hegemonies are nuanced by investigations into the ethical, practical, and scholarly dimensions of the turn toward collaboration in qualitative inquiry. Other chapters examine the place, value, and concerns of aesthetic representation of qualitative research. Finally, the authors consider issues of criticality in research, and the concepts of compassion and humility.

This book contains contributions from some of the most imaginative qualitative researchers, making the most of their research dilemmas in order to reflect upon the challenges and resistances they encounter in the work of qualitative research.

chapter |7 pages


ByKathleen Gallagher

part I|102 pages

Political contexts, affect, art, and ethical relations in research

chapter 1|21 pages

Refusing to check the box

Participatory inqueery at the radical rim
ByMichelle Fine, María Elena Torre, David Frost, Allison Cabana, Shéár Avory

chapter 2|19 pages

Troubling participatory action research

Institutional constraints, neoliberal individualism, and the limits of social change in participatory filmmaking with homeless youth
ByJacqueline Kennelly

chapter 3|25 pages

The long-distance ethnographer in the new academy of global fetishes

A reflection on the lost gifts of ethnographic exchange in the young lives of MK freedom fighters in South Africa
ByJo-Anne Dillabough, Dominique Dillabough-Lefebvre

chapter 4|15 pages

Representing Refusals

Dilemmas in making photo-based research with migrant youth
ByEve Tuck, Deanna Del Vecchio

chapter 5|20 pages

Love, time, reflexivity, and the methodological imaginary

ByKathleen Gallagher

part II|90 pages

Worldviews, feelings, performance, and theory in interrogations of the social field in research

chapter 6|24 pages

On being sick of humans in a post-human world

Toward a queer vegan methodology
ByCaroline Fusco

chapter 7|19 pages

Researching the ambiguous global elite

Methodological reflections on the invisible realities and contradictory politics of neoliberal globalization
ByKiran Mirchandani, Sanjukta Mukherjee, Shruti Tambe

chapter 8|15 pages

The dilemmas of placed compositional performances as methodology

ByAnne Wessels

chapter 9|21 pages

Inviting startling empathy through performed ethnography

A queer(ed) collective research project
ByTara Goldstein, Jenny Salisbury, benjamin lee hicks, Kate Reid, Austen Koecher, Pamela Baer

chapter 10|21 pages

Dilemmas of Conceptualizing Affect and Emotion

Towards a critical interdisciplinary methodology
ByMegan Boler