Vagaries and Politics of Funding: Beyond "I Told You So"


  • Wolff-Michael Roth University of Victoria



research funding, politics, decon­struction


In an earlier contribution to the debates, I provided an analysis of the vagaries and politics of funding in one national agency. The study, which combined sociological and autobiographical texts, showed social science in the making, for the particular appeal of a decision not to fund a par­ticular proposal had not been made. In the present contribution, I analyze the subsequent events, in­cluding the outcome of the appeal and the results of the subsequent competition. I conclude with a comment on the responsibilities of authors and their readers in the constitution of interpretations of texts such as letters to funding agencies and the ensuing responses. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0401144


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Author Biography

Wolff-Michael Roth, University of Victoria

Wolff-Michael ROTH ( is Lansdowne Professor of applied cognitive science at the University of Victoria. His interdisciplinary research agenda includes studies in science and mathematics education, general education, applied cognitive science, sociology of science, and linguistics (pragmatics). His recent publications At the Elbows of Another: Learning to Teach by Coteaching (with K. TOBIN, Peter Lang, 2002), Science Education as/for Sociopolitical Action (ed. with J. DÉSAUTELS, Peter Lang, 2002), Being and Becoming in the Classroom (Ablex Publishing, 2002), and Toward an Anthropology of Graphing (Kluwer, 2003).




How to Cite

Roth, W.-M. (2004). Vagaries and Politics of Funding: Beyond "I Told You So". Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 5(1).



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