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New methods, old problems: A sceptical view of innovation in qualitative research


Travers, M, New methods, old problems: A sceptical view of innovation in qualitative research, Qualitative Research, 9, (2) pp. 161-179. ISSN 1468-7941 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2009 Sage Publications

DOI: doi:10.1177/1468794108095079


Qualitative research has to market itself aggressively, both because academic publishers face more pressures to sell books, and because of the competitive funding climate where one often has to demonstrate methodological innovation as a condition for obtaining a grant. This article considers how social theorists have understood the issue of 'newness' and the pursuit of innovation as a cultural problem. It explores the issue in qualitative research through examining how we accomplish and recognize 'newness' in the texts we read and produce as academics, which include publisher's catalogues and grant applications, and through considering technological advances such as internet ethnography and video analysis.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:academic publishing, grant proposals, innovation, new technology, postmodernism, qualitative research
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociological methodology and research methods
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Travers, M (Dr Max Travers)
ID Code:56050
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:57
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2009-03-23
Last Modified:2015-03-11

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