Editorial: A Conversation about Performative Social Science


  • Mary Gergen Penn State University
  • Kip Jones Bournemouth University




ambiguity, creativity, collaborative relationships, evaluation, Internet, meaning, Performative Social Science


Conversing by e-mail and mediated by an imaginary cyber-moderator, two of the co-editors of this Special Issue on Performative Social Science (PSS) Mary GERGEN and Kip JONES, themselves pioneers of PSS, engage in conversation around such topics as creativity, skill and craft, outputs and outcomes, aesthetics, audience, evaluation, interpretation, scholarship, ambiguity, talking and doing, and inter-disciplinary collaborations. While GERGEN concludes that action is meaningful and rich in symbolic significance, JONES, like Norma DESMOND, speculates that PSS "is big; it's the pictures that got smaller". URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0802437


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Author Biographies

Mary Gergen, Penn State University

Mary GERGEN (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/beirat/gergen-mary-e.htm) is a professor of Psychology and of Women's Studies, Penn State University, Delaware County. In previous issues of FQS Mary GERGEN reviewed "Incarceration Nation: Investigative Prison Poems of Hope and Terror" (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/2-05/05-2-14-e.htm) (HARTNETT, 2003), "Standing Ovation: Performing Social Science Research about Cancer" (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/3-03/3-03review-gergen-e.htm) (GRAY & SINDING, 2002), "The Qualitative Inquiry Reader" (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/4-02/4-02review-gergen-e.htm) (ed. by DENZIN & LINCOLN, 2002) and "Performing Femininity: Rewriting Gender Identity" (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/2-06/06-2-13-e.htm) (LOCKFORD, 2004).

Kip Jones, Bournemouth University

Kip JONES (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/impressum/jones-e.htm) (BA MSc PhD) is Reader in Qualitative Research at the School of Health & Social Care and the Media School, Bournemouth University. He is Leader of the Performative Social Science Group. He is Associate Book Review Editor for FQS. He facilitates the online newsgroup, Performative Social Science. JONES interviewed Mary GERGEN for FQS in "Thoroughly Post-Modern Mary" (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/3-04/04-3-18-e.htm).




How to Cite

Gergen, M., & Jones, K. (2008). Editorial: A Conversation about Performative Social Science. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(2). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-9.2.376

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