Qualitative research and theory development: Mystery as method

Alvesson, Mats and Kärreman, Dan Qualitative research and theory development: Mystery as method. London: Sage Publications, 2011.

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Author Alvesson, Mats
Kärreman, Dan
Title Qualitative research and theory development: Mystery as method
Place of Publication London
Publisher Sage Publications
Publication year 2011
Sub-type Research book (original research)
Open Access Status
ISBN 9780857023230
Language eng
Total number of pages 132
Collection year 2012
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Empirical data is one of the cornerstones of knowledge in the social sciences. And yet, the researcher often takes it for granted, reserving his or her imaginative faculties for finding a theory that fits the data. This revealing account of the theory-data relationship calls this faith in data into question and establishes a reflexive framework and vocabulary to explore the creative, political and philosophical elements of data production.

Rather than thinking about the theory-data 'fit', Alvesson and Karreman will encourage you to consider the research process as one of theory-data interplay, asking if creative empirical material can challenge established theory and inspire new lines of development, and if breakdowns and mysteries encountered in research can be a constructive rather than destructive process.

They will encourage you to think critically about empirical data in terms of construction rather than verification, and most importantly they will encourage you to develop theory that is interesting and novel, rather than naive or irrelevant, making this title essential reading for those who often find the traditional vocabulary and frameworks of social science research obvious or simplistic.
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