Collecting data or creating meaning? Troubling authenticity in ethnographic research

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White, Julie and Drew, Sarah (2011) Collecting data or creating meaning? Troubling authenticity in ethnographic research. Qualitative Research Journal, 11 (1). pp. 3-12. ISSN 1443-9883


Plagued by doubt and methodological unease, two researchers from a large Australian study resolve their quandary by revisiting methodological literature related to narrative inquiry, visual approaches and contemporary interviewing to find that the application of poststructuralist theory to methodology provides a useful way of addressing their concerns. Before embarking on extensive writing about the project, they trouble issues of data authenticity, analytic integrity and the problem of voice. The main value of this deliberation is its applicability to the wider discourse about contemporary qualitative inquiry that other researchers facing analytical dilemmas may also find helpful.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.3316/QRJ1101003
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 2001 Communication and Media Studies
Historical > FOR Classification > 2099 Other Language, Communication and Culture
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Victoria Institute for Education, Diversity and Lifelong Learning
Keywords methodology, visual research, narrative inquiry, interviews
Citations in Scopus 19 - View on Scopus
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