A Call for Critical Perspectives in Qualitative Research


  • Rainer Winter Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt




crisis of representation, validity, ethnography, performance, social justice


The formation of critical poststructuralism in the United States has fundamentally transformed qualitative research. The crisis of representation first discussed in anthropology has had the effect of rethinking the foundations of qualitative research by putting ethical questions on the agenda and stimulating a search for new forms of validity. Against this backdrop, this study will analyze different methods and research strategies in critical qualitative inquiry, such as interpretive interactionism, autoethnography, and performance ethnography. The call to action inherent in these strategies and further contributions to cultural and social change will be discussed. URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs110171


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Author Biography

Rainer Winter, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

Rainer WINTER ist Soziologe und Psychologe. Seit 2001 ist er Professor für Kultur- und Medientheorie an der Alpen-Adria-Universität in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee.



How to Cite

Winter, R. (2010). A Call for Critical Perspectives in Qualitative Research. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-12.1.1583