3. 4. 2019: Workshop Working in the interpretative traditions (Daniel Ericsson, Linnaeus University)

Working in the interpretative traditions

Lecturer: Daniel Ericsson (Linnaeus University)

Date: Apr 3, 2019, 13:30 – 16:30

Room: RB 459

Registration: Due to a limited capacity please register here

Description: Working with qualitative methods is by many considered to bring specific challenges to the table. One line of argument is that most researchers are biased towards quantitative methods, and therefore may have troubles in grasping and acknowledging non-positivist ontologies and epistemologies. Another line of argument is that qualitative methods, despite almost three decades of “growth” in terms of legitimacy, is subsumed under a quantitatively oriented policy environment. For these reasons, voices have been raised in favor of alternative understandings on how to approach qualitative methods – and how to conduct qualitative research within post-positivist traditions. One such an alternative is proffered by Pushkala Prasad who in her book “Crafting qualitative research: Working in the post-positivist traditions” (2006) presents a much appreciated methodological “road map” to the reader, making a sharp ontological and epistemological distinction between positivistic and interpretative research, as well as introduces the notion of qualitative research as a craft. In the workshop Prasad’s ideas will be outlined and problematized, and reflected upon against examples from different research traditions such as ethnography, discourse analysis and hermeneutics.