Qualitative Computing and Qualitative Research: Addressing the Challenges of Technology and Globalization


  • César A. Cisneros Puebla Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa
  • Judith Davidson University of Massachusetts-Lowell




CAQDAS, diversity, peripheries, global qualitative research


Qualitative computing has been part of our lives for thirty years. Today, we urgently call for an evaluation of its international impact on qualitative research. Evaluating the international impact of qualitative research and qualitative computing requires a consideration of the vast amount of qualitative research over the last decades, as well as thoughtfulness about the uneven and unequal way in which qualitative research and qualitative computing are present in different fields of study and geographical regions. To understand the international impact of qualitative computing requires evaluation of the digital divide and the huge differences between center and peripheries. The international impact of qualitative research, and, in particular qualitative computing, is the question at the heart of this array of selected papers from the "Qualitative Computing: Diverse Worlds and Research Practices Conference." In this article, we introduce the reader to the goals, motivation, and atmosphere at the conference, taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2011. The dialogue generated there is still in the air, and this introduction is a call to spread that voice.

URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1202285


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Author Biographies

César A. Cisneros Puebla, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa

César A. CISNEROS PUEBLA is Professor in the Sociology Department at Autonomous Metropolitan University-Iztapalapa, Mexico. He teaches qualitative methods and social sciences epistemology. His research interests include narrative and discourse analysis, grounded theory, symbolic interaction, qualitative data analysis and qualitative computing. In FQS, he is the editor for the Spanish version and coordinates the Ibero American branch.

Judith Davidson, University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Judith DAVIDSON has been teaching qualitative research at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell since 1999. She has strong interests in qualitative computing and arts-based research. She continues to combine these two interests beyond the journal project in her current project examining teens' views of sexting.




How to Cite

Cisneros Puebla, C. A., & Davidson, J. (2012). Qualitative Computing and Qualitative Research: Addressing the Challenges of Technology and Globalization. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 13(2). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-13.2.1853