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      Troubling Methods in Qualitative Inquiry and Beyond

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      Europe's Journal of Psychology
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          This present paper troubles and literally ‘shakes’ the idea of methods as the founding ground of qualitative inquiry. It does so by addressing the real-time messiness of research and the retrospective character of research reports. While the paper is not as such opposed to methods, it does suggest that many actual research practices do not follow defined and regular plans as the terminology of methods inclines. However, rather than seeing the messiness as a bias to be eliminated, a more constructive approach is suggested. With the intention of inviting more creative and thought-provoking research within qualitative inquiry, three specific ‘messy’ research strategies are suggested in the paper. These are: 1) Searching for associations between actors, of both human and non-human kinds, 2) following the traces of many kinds of actors and 3) doing a theoretical re-working of materials. The overall suggestion is that these open-ended and flexible strategies allow for an innovative approach to the development of a qualitative psychology while also serving to trouble (at least for a moment) the current popularity of methods in research.

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                Journal
                EJOP
                Eur J Psychol
                Europe's Journal of Psychology
                Eur. J. Psychol.
                PsychOpen
                1841-0413
                30 August 2013
                : 9
                : 3
                : 409-418
                Affiliations
                [a ]Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
                Author notes
                [* ]Kroghstræde 3, DK-9220 Aalborg Ø, Denmark. lenet@ 123456hum.aau.dk
                Article
                ejop.v9i3.647
                10.5964/ejop.v9i3.647
                b44643a0-37f6-4474-8b21-1104b0dada0e
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                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

                History
                : 19 June 2013
                : 22 June 2013
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                Psychology
                Psychology

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