Author Archives: nespor

Ethics

There’s an interesting post at Harper’s , a set of 6 questions by Scott Horton and responses by Nathaniel Raymond “a war-crimes investigator who analyzed these furtive communications for the FBI and who now heads Harvard’s Signal Program on Human … Continue reading

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Authority and Influence in Academia

There’s a recent AP story showing that ‘school spending by the affluent is widening the wealth gap,’ As others have pointed out, however, the real problem is not that inequality allows some parents to spend a lot more on their … Continue reading

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Journalism and Qualitative Research, I

What’s the difference between qualitative research and ethnography?   Some obvious ones — the academic setting, the  practices of peer review (which is famously uneven and inconsistent) versus ‘fact-checking’ (which can range from weak to stringent) the more common use of … Continue reading

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The Library

As I was putting together a reading list for the coming spring I noticed that journals I was using last spring were no longer available.  When I asked the librarian what had happened it took her a while (she was … Continue reading

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Disenchantment

Beginning to read research from the perspective of a researcher, not responding to the content or argument (alone) but simultaneously studying how the work is constructed.  It’s a process of partial disenchantment, of no longer just responding to things the … Continue reading

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Changing conceptions of science, I

A lot of methodology is about what’s called in science studies “boundary work” — struggles to control the boundary between what counts as “science” and what’s other stuff.  The qualitative/quantitative methods disputes are examples of boundary work (and what you … Continue reading

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Exemplars of Dissertations grounded in Qualitative Inquiry

It’s often hard to think through what a good qualitative dissertation could look like.  If you’re fortunate enough to have access to a university library, one of these 13 might provide a model.  All are fairly recent, but most importantly, … Continue reading

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