Editorial: A Conversation about Performative Social Science

  • Mary Gergen Penn State University
  • Kip Jones Bournemouth University
Keywords: ambiguity, creativity, collaborative relationships, evaluation, Internet, meaning, Performative Social Science

Abstract

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).
Published
2008-05-31
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