Under critical realist premises, qualitative research on securitization, criminalization and illegalization of migration investigates securitizing discourses and associated actions within broader socio-economic and political contexts and developments and how those discourses constitute migration as a threat and danger and are simultaneously constituted by extra-discursive societal-material interests (see also King, Chap. For example, the phenomenon of deportations and the socio-political processes which are associated with it, are characterized by various aspects, some of which are more qualitative and some more quantitative in character. Thus, the task of qualitative researchers influenced by critical realism is, through intense reflexive work, to find and adopt the adequate position and conceptual framework in order to explain phenomena and processes. In these terms, the implications of relativism are the same as regards both epistemic and moral standards; so why abandon the former while retaining the latter? Genova, D. N. (2002). …there exists a world and objects that are independent of discourse, but that these are only accessible through a discursive frame. In K. Schittenhelm (Ed.). I consider this dichotomy an unnecessary remaining of positivist thinking and offer a critical realist alternative of both subjectivity and objectivity, which can be combined together. The need for a new medical model: a challenge for biomedicine. Book. 0000003427 00000 n When I think of constructivism, I think of the work that has been done in qualitative research under this label for the past 30-40 years, most of which makes no reference Berger and Luckmann. In Iosifides & Sporton (Eds. It is a feature of theoretically mediated experience that one person’s understanding of the same situation may undergo revision over the course of time, thus rendering her subsequent interpretations of that situation more or less accurate. Thus, Tsiolis (2014, p. 29), for example, directly connects qualitative methods with the interpretivist approach, adopting the extremely widespread position that the entirety of social reality is a symbolic construction. ONE Epistemological Dimensions in Qualitative Research: the Construction of Knowledge Online Overview:thischapterintroducestheaimsofthebook.Indoingso,itexploreshowthe 0000005999 00000 n Qualitative research on the other hand does not expect the researcher to have a clear idea of what is being studied. Walby, S. (2007). Epistemology and Metaphysics for Qualitative Research. In other words, they endorse the positivist definition of objectivity as the only available and possible, and then reject both this definition and objectivity in general. Menu. Important considerations CR ontology and epistemology raise, such as the use of existing theory and critical engagement with participants’ knowledge and experience, are discussed throughout. Sections. 0000001676 00000 n First, it rests on the assumption that any purely objective meaning or identity is impossible. Nellhaus, T. (2001). Back to Top. In A. Amelina, D. D. Nergiz, T. Faist, & N. Glick Shiller (Eds.). Thousand Oaks: Sage; 2011. How (not) to think about ethnicity in immigrant societies. In simple words, it is concerned with how we gain knowledge or how we get to know something. I think that although it is beyond dispute that positivism and neo-positivism opt for quantitative methods while interpretivism and social constructionism for qualitative ones, the opposite is not the case and has not to be the case. The relation between theories/theoretical concepts and the properties of objects the concepts are referring to is not unambiguous and simple; nor is it arbitrary. Weiss, A., & Nohl, A.-M. (2012). zThe qualitative research paradigm characteristically has an anti-foundationalist ontology, a realist or idealist epistemology, and an applied or Aristotelian axiology. 0000001119 00000 n In this section, I offer some brief thoughts aiming to the dismantling of the dichotomy between objectivity and subjectivity in qualitative methods, using examples from migration research (Sayer 2000; Iosifides 2011b). In other words, as they are currently constituted, migration studies and their ethnic studies counterparts contribute to the reinvigoration of contemporary nation-state building projects… (Glick Schiller 2007, pp. This service is more advanced with JavaScript available, Qualitative Research in European Migration Studies Qualitative research does not produce facts and figures but in a complete description of the subject of research. … endstream endobj 59 0 obj <> endobj 60 0 obj <>/Encoding<>>>>> endobj 61 0 obj <>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text]/Properties<>/ExtGState<>>>/Type/Page>> endobj 62 0 obj <> endobj 63 0 obj [/Separation/Black/DeviceCMYK 72 0 R] endobj 64 0 obj <> endobj 65 0 obj <> endobj 66 0 obj <> endobj 67 0 obj <> endobj 68 0 obj <>stream Explore the Methods Map. Finally, the chapter discusses reflexivity in qualitative migration research, focusing on the issue of methodological nationalism and offering some thoughts of overcoming it within the critical realist premises. Discourse analysis in organizational studies: The case for critical realism. 1974;48(2):234–48. 6—PART I A REALIST STANCE FOR QUALITATIVE RESEARCH Campbell (2002) argued that “all scientists are epistemological constructivists and relativists” in the sense that they believe that boththe ontological world and the worlds of ideology, values, etc. Engel GL. The problem of assessment criteria. (2004). challenge of realist claims about knowledge (debates usually known as epistemology). Search form. %%EOF In other words, what exists in reality beyond interpretations and discursive formations. Epistemology and Metaphysics for Qualitative Research. Self-reflectivity: the power differentials between participants and researchers during and after the research process and thus the need for constant reflexivity of the researcher. In J. Joseph & J. M. Roberts (Eds.). Who we are and from where we speak. Google Scholar. The making and unmaking of ethnic boundaries: A multilevel process theory. Methods - techniques or procedures 2. Qualitative research often involves an iterative process. Moreover, objectivity and truth for positivists are equated with and restricted to transparent correspondence of thought to sense experiences and to the formulation of universal, ahistorical “laws” (see Andriakaina 2009). Critical realism and semiosis. Glick Schiller, N. (2007). Signs, social ontology, and critical realism. The politics of migrant resistance amid the Greek economic crisis. I give special emphasis on the dominant way that social sciences treat this “special” kind of mobility called migration, and the repercussions of the colonization of social scientific conceptualizations of migration by state categories. We can (and do!) Nevertheless, I can briefly discuss some serious limitations and flaws of such kind of thinking associated with an example from migration studies indicating its negative effects on qualitative research practice. This kind of qualitative research practice is re-oriented from its strong linkages with certain versions of interpretivism and social constructionism avoiding their weaknesses and pitfalls (see Iosifides 2011b, 2012). It therefore functions at a level similar to that occupied by such philosophies as Positivism and Interpretivism. Alternatively, epistemology can be branded as the study of the criteria by which the researcher classifies what does and does not constitute the knowledge. As Glick Schiller (2007, p. 62) asserts: “…migration studies with its rooting in the concerns of nation-state building projects have not only failed to address global political economy but also have not examined its relationship to several kinds of power including that which racializes and subordinates regions, populations, and localities”. For realists then, the social world is characterized by ontological depth that is, by a complex spectrum of phenomena, processes, mechanisms and causal powers, which may be unobservable or non-acknowledgeable but real, in the sense that they exert influences and contribute causally to the production of certain social outcomes (Cruickshank 2003). <]>> In other words, taking an extreme subscription to either/ or a subjective/objective epistemology or a relativist/realist ontology, there emerges a pure adherence to the qualitative/quantitative research respectively. 0000002519 00000 n x�b```b``vf`e`��c�g@ ~�(�.�S;��%���'�"V����^���H����� �LWm3kVt��x����q���u�:'%�n�v������Su�w��@�m�@m�`��h��@s�4�fw ���d1pt��� G 9� A�$�`� �E;���T��Q��bY�a�|��;X9��/`kP�7�8{@��M�� ��s����n�{dV�� R������(��- �4�`���[�4#_0 $�J/ Moreover, critical realism places causality at the center of social scientific inquiry and research of any kind, but it proposes a far more different and elaborate notion of causality from that of positivism. Moya, P. M. L. (2011). Related Content. Finally, there is a necessity of the modification of the usual units of analysis in migration studies, such as naturalized ethnic or national groups towards the positioning of people in various structural, class and other power hierarchies (see Wimmer 2007; Weiss and Nohl 2012). (1) all observation and knowledge are theory mediated and that (2) a theory-mediated objective knowledge is both possible and desirable. Fairclough, N. (2005). More. 2002; Iosifides 2011a). Thus, “migration”, through its whole baggage of conceptualizations about management, containment, discipline and control (Geiger and Pécoud 2012; Georgi and Schatral 2012), tends to obscure unequal and power-driven social relations and to naturalize the fact that, for some people, freedom of movement is demonized and, for others, is celebrated and encouraged. 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