Positivity in qualitative research: Examples from the organized field of postmodernism/poststructuralism

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Abstract

This article emphasizes the essential role of positivity, an organized field of knowledge, in qualitative research and how positivity enables and limits qualitative data, design, and research process. First, I describe some possible objects and subjects of knowing in qualitative research and discuss potential conditions of postmodernist/ poststructuralist qualitative research. I then illustrate how different systems (such as language and power) within the organized field of postmodernism/poststructuralism regulate approaches to qualitative research and possible methodological functions available to researchers. Throughout the article, I make reference to my own research process focusing on the studies of academic achievement and 'scientific giftedness' to produce an article that blends subjective, empirical, and theoretical ways of knowing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-236
Number of pages20
JournalQualitative Research
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2008

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Keywords

  • Positivity
  • Postmodernism
  • Poststructuralism
  • Qualitative research
  • Scientific giftedness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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