The newfound credibility of qualitative research? Tales of technical essentialism and co-option.

  title={The newfound credibility of qualitative research? Tales of technical essentialism and co-option.},
  author={Rosaline S. Barbour},
  journal={Qualitative health research},
  volume={13 7},
Qualitative research is no longer the "poor relation" to quantitative research that it has been in the past. However, it is important to monitor the manner in which it is becoming incorporated into the mainstream. In this article, the author examines current dangers and challenges by critically reviewing current developments affecting our own research practice. It is argued that technical essentialism (including the co-option of grounded theory) characterizes many responses to qualitative… CONTINUE READING
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