Carspecken's critical methodology - a theoretical assessment

Holmes, Colin A., and Smyth, Wendy (2011) Carspecken's critical methodology - a theoretical assessment. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 5 (2). pp. 146-154.

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This paper builds on the authors' earlier introduction to Carspecken's highly theorized 'critical qualitative research' methodology, also referred to as 'critical ethnography', and reviews its diverse theoretical origins. In particular, it briefly reviews the contribution of philosophical pragmatism, critical social theory, phenomenology, and the expressivism of J. G. Herder. It goes on to describe and assess the extent to which Carspecken successfully integrates these in order to create a coherent theoretical foundation for research, and outlines the virtues and weaknesses that characterise his methodology. Through an appeal to pragmatic philosophy, Carspecken sets aside the host of theoretical problems raised by his eclecticism, and for researchers similarly unmoved by theoretical anomalies and contradictions, his methodology offers a potentially productive, flexible approach to critical ethnographic research.

Item ID: 21129
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1834-0814
Keywords: critical ethnography, qualitative methodology, Carspecken, critical qualitative methodology, critical qualitative research
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2012 05:12
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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