Review: Valerie J. Janesick (2004). "Stretching" EXERCISES for Qualitative Researchers


  • Iain Lang Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital



arts-based approaches to social research, imagination, creativity, exercises, holism, the quantitative-qualitative divide


If we accept that there are "harder" and "softer" forms of qualitative research, Valerie J. JANESICK's book is part of the softer side. She emphasizes the importance of imagination, creativity and open-mindedness; the "stretching exercises" she presents are likely to appeal to those who see their research and other aspects of their life as interdependent. The analogies she draws between yoga, dance and qualitative research may inspire—but those who are sceptical of artistic approaches to research are likely to find plenty to feel dubious about here. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs050113


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Author Biography

Iain Lang, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

Iain LANG ( is a Research Associate in the Epidemiology for Policy Group at the Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge. In a previous issue of FQS he reviewed "Readme First for a User's Guide to Qualitative Methods" ( (by Janice M. Morse & Lyn Richards, 2002).




How to Cite

Lang, I. (2005). Review: Valerie J. Janesick (2004). "Stretching" EXERCISES for Qualitative Researchers. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(1).