Toward more interesting research questions: problematizing theory in social justice

Okimoto, Tyler G. (2014) Toward more interesting research questions: problematizing theory in social justice. Social Justice Research, 27 3: 395-411. doi:10.1007/s11211-014-0215-5

Author Okimoto, Tyler G.
Title Toward more interesting research questions: problematizing theory in social justice
Journal name Social Justice Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0885-7466
Publication date 2014-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11211-014-0215-5
Open Access Status
Volume 27
Issue 3
Start page 395
End page 411
Total pages 17
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract The majority of research in social justice, indeed in all of social science, is incremental, has received few citations, has garnered little attention in the public, and can be viewed as dull and uninteresting by both academics and lay readers. Although often well versed in a variety of methodological techniques for testing research questions, we rarely receive explicit guidance in how to construct them in a way that is interesting, useful, and pushes theory forward. A novel "problematization" approach for constructing interesting research questions has been proposed by Alvesson and Sandberg (Constructing research questions: doing interesting research. Sage Publications, London, 2013). In this essay, I introduce the problematization method to social justice scholars in a comprehensive review and critique that identifies the benefits and limitations of the approach. Then, to provide a cursory illustration of the method in practice, I problematize the domain of retributive justice, attempting to identify potentially interesting directions for future research inquiry.
Keyword Problematization
Research methods
Retributive justice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Tue, 23 Sep 2014, 09:37:32 EST by Dr. Tyler G. Okimoto on behalf of UQ Business School