ENQUIRE: Volume Four

Issue 1 - Research Stories: Opportunities and Obstacles for Social Scientists

Editors: Lenka Pelechova, Graeme Royall and Emily Wykes
Associate-Editors: Zalinah Ahmad, Simon Blake, Feng Gao and Stella Oluwaseun

This fourth volume of ENQUIRE presents three articles based on the theme of research stories, which was also the topic of the 2010 ENQUIRE Conference. As social scientists we are regularly engaged in the process of deciding upon and justifying our research methods. This is a process which includes devising theoretically well-informed research and being simultaneously responsive to the influences of the wider research environment. This issue aims for the authors to reflect on their own research stories by exploring the complex interplay between the influences of theories, epistemologies, methodologies and institutional processes on research design and practice.

Overall, we have received eight submissions for this journal issue, and following the thorough selection process, which included peer reviewing and editorial board meetings, during which all of the submitted articles were carefully assessed, we were delighted to accept three submissions. The three articles contained in this issue provide the authors' reflections and insights about their respective methodological approaches: the life history interview, team ethnography and ethnographic observation.

We would like to thank all of the authors and also our panel of peer reviewers for their helpful comments and insights. Thank you also to Sue Brown, Amal Treacher-Kabesh, Magali Peyrefitte and Erin Sanders for all their support and encouragement. We hope that you will enjoy reading this issue as much as we have taken pleasure in editing it.

The Life History Interview: Researching the Dynamic Identities of Ethnic Minority Women in Britain (pp 1-21)
Hyun-Joo Lim (University of Bath)
Full Article

Separately and Together: Reflections on Conducting a Collaborative Team Ethnography in Dementia Care (pp 22-44)
Kezia Scales (University of Nottingham), Simon Bailey (University of Manchester) and Joanne Lloyd (Nottingham University Hospitals)
Full Article

Making Qualitative Research Accessible and Acceptable in the Scientific Management Arena: a Life-world Perspective (pp 45-66)
Clive Trusson (Loughborough University)
Full Article 


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