The Performativity of Qualitative Social Research

  • Rainer Diaz-Bone Universität Luzern
Keywords: performativity, sociology of social research, Paul Lazarsfeld, Herbert Blumer, pragmatism, qualitative data analysis software

Abstract

Within the last two decades qualitative social research has established itself in most, if not all, of the social sciences. But this emergence has proceeded very differently in institutional and in socio-cognitive aspects. From the beginnings of qualitative social research, critical stances toward science , the sociology of science, and methodological reflexivity organized self-observation. For a long time qualitative social research compared itself primarily to quantitative social research. But in the last years, qualitative social research began focusing more on its own processes and evaluative criteria. The concept of performativity is suitable to ground a theoretical reflection on this new focus in self-observation. This concept has proved useful in analyzing the practices of science, especially in approaches as Actor-Network-Theory and Social Studies of Finance. The article introduces the concept of performativity and describes those dimensions most relevant for the field of qualitative social research. An extended perspective for a sociology of social research is developed.

URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1103227

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Author Biography

Rainer Diaz-Bone, Universität Luzern

Published
2011-09-20
How to Cite
Diaz-Bone, R. (2011). The Performativity of Qualitative Social Research. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12(3). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-12.3.1750

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