This is a book of signposts, of key turning points, of Gregory Bateson's 'kts tied in a handkerchief.' Each article reproduced in this volume, edited by leading qualitative methodologists Lincoln and Denzin, represents one of these turning points in qualitative research, a revolution in the way research is conceptualized and practiced. Authority, representation, legitimation, ethics, methods, presentation, even the purpose of qualitative research, have all been transformed by these articles and the authors who penned them. Bringing together the work of scholars from Haraway to Geertz, Mead to Mishler, Clifford to Conquergood, Laurel Richardson to Miles Richardson, the editors are able trace the changes in the discipline over the past five decades. A necessary addition to the shelf of all researchers, it will also be a key textbook for training the next generation of scholars in the history and trajectory of qualitative research.
Norman K. Denzin is professor of sociology and communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is co-editor of The Handbook of Qualitative Research, 2/e, co-editor of Qualitative Inquiry, editor of Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies, and series editor of Studies in Symbolic Interaction; Yvonna S. Lincoln is Professor of Higher Education and Human Resource Development. She is the co-author of Effective Evaluation, Naturalistic Inquiry, and Fourth Generation Evaluation, the editor of Organizational Theory and Inquiry, the co-editor of the newly-released Handbook of Qualitative Research, 2nd Edition, and co-editor of the international journal, Qualitative Inquiry.