Mindful Inquiry in Social Research

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SAGE Publications, 1998年6月24日 - 232 頁

In this innovative introduction to research in the social and human sciences, Valerie Malhotra Bentz and Jeremy J. Shapiro guide students through the maze of research traditions, cultures of inquiry, and epistemological frameworks that blanket the intellectual landscape. The goal of their approach is to help the researcher survive and flourish in today′s often confusing multicultural, multiparadigm research environment where disciplines overlap. Postmodernism and multiculturalism have shattered the traditional unitary model of scientific research; and the emerging global, informational economy is producing new economic, social, cultural, and political problems and new research questions. Their solution is mindful inquiry-empowering the researcher both psychologically and philosophically by putting the researcher, rather than research techniques, at the center of the research process. The mindful inquirer uses awareness of self-personal, social, and historical - to shape the research project or dissertation and keep it expressive and responsible to the traditions of scholarly research.

While grounding their own approach in a synthesis of critical theory, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and Buddhism, Bentz and Shapiro explain the forces that have produced the current epistemological crisis and introduce the reader to the underlying logic, rather than the detailed methods and techniques, of 10 cultures of inquiry-ethnography, quantitative behavioral science, phenomenology, action research, hermeneutics, evaluation research, feminist research, critical social science, historical-comparative research, and theoretical research. Mindful Inquiry in Social Research not only clarifies conceptual and intellectual traditions in research but also puts researchers squarely in the investigative saddle, able to choose, justify, and explain the intellectual framework and personal rationale of their research.

For many students, beginning researchers, and scholarly practitioners, Mindful Inquiry in Social Research will provide clarity, grounding, and good preparation for a challenging research task such as a dissertation, thesis, major paper, or professional research project. While helping the researcher survive epistemological diversity, it will also help turn the research project into a positive contribution to the researcher′s life and personal development, rather that a detour or a hindrance.

 

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Mode of Serious Play
13
The Postmodern Situation and
19
Conclusion
35
Beyond Research Ethics to Mindful Inquiry
54
CHAPTER FIVE
65
Assessing Your Growing Competency as a Researcher
71
Gaining Mastery of Research Competencies
78
Situating Yourself Within Research Traditions
90
chapter Eight
105
The Nature of Explanation and the Nature of Knowledge
118
Relationship Between Researcher and Subject Matter
125
Relationship Between Researcher and Subject Matter
140
The Nature of Explanation and the Nature of Knowledge
154
Cultivate a Boundless Heart Toward All Beings
167
Introductory Reading List
186
Index
206

Chapter SEVEN
96

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