Qualitative Research Journal: Volume 17 Issue 4


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And then he threatened to kill himself: nightmare viva stories as opportunities for learning

Pat Sikes

In the UK and countries following similar systems of doctoral assessment, there is little research-based evidence about what goes on in vivas. However, “doctoral assessment…


Polyphonic Analysis: obuchenie in qualitative research

Vicki Stewart Collet, Michelle R. Ciminelli

The purpose of this paper is to describe an approach to analyzing qualitative data that uses Bakhtin’s concepts of dialogue as a framework.

“Rapid” but not “raid”: A reflection on the use of rapid ethnography in entrepreneurship research

Nadeera Ranabahu

The purpose of this paper is to explain how rapid ethnography (RE) is used to understand the business decision-making process of micro-entrepreneurs. The objective of this paper…

Expectations and provocations: Use of humour between researcher and participants in humour research

Maria Kmita

The purpose of this paper is to address participants’ humorous provocations as a part of informal interactions between participants and researcher that can be treated just like…

Participatory action and dual lens research

Francesca Robertson, Jason Barrow, Magdalena Wajrak, Noel Nannup, Caroline Bishop, Alison Nannup

The purpose of this paper is to explore the idea that, in the last few decades, collaborative inquiry methods have evolved along a similar trajectory to dual lens research. Dual…

Phenomenological social research: some observations from the field

Arya Priya

The purpose of this paper is to undertake a phenomenological study of the working conditions and living standards of private security guards (private police) in New Delhi. The…

QualiBuddy: an online tool to improve research skills in qualitative data analysis

Evelyne Mertens, Ann Heylighen, Anja Declercq, Karin Hannes, Fred Truyen, Yvonne Denier, Bernadette Dierckx de Casterlé

Novice researchers experience difficulties in analysing qualitative data. To develop the skills necessary for qualitative data analysis, theoretical manuals are often…

Diatexts at work: The diatextual approach as a psycho-cultural path of critical discourse analysis in the organizational context

Amelia Manuti, Rosa Scardigno, Giuseppe Mininni

The paper argues that the diatextual analysis could be considered a psycho-cultural path of critical discourse analysis because it stresses the role of hermeneutical procedures in…

Researching in volatile environments and the importance of adaptive methods for junior researchers

Caroline Doyle, Anthea McCarthy-Jones

The purpose of this paper is to examine the importance of adaptive methods for junior researchers undertaking research in volatile and dangerous environments.


Francis Bobongie

The purpose of this paper is to draw on the author’s research involving girls who leave their Torres Strait Island communities for boarding colleges in regional Queensland…

An abductive approach to qualitative built environment research: A viable system methodological exposé

Bankole Awuzie, Peter McDermott

Qualitative researchers are often confronted with a dilemma of selecting an appropriate approach within which to situate their research. This has led to successive attempts by…


Using relational cultural theory in education research design

Anne Swenson Ticknor, Paige Averett

The purpose of this paper is to provide an emic view of how one researcher negotiated complex relationships in teacher education research and learned to employ the principles of…

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