Margaret J. Somerville
The revision/rewriting of this chapter for a new edition of the Handbook offers the opportunity to enhance the historical perspective of over thirty years of qualitative research with the new textual genres of doing and writing qualitative research in the second decade of the 21st century. In the introduction I identify those aspects from the previous version that continue to preoccupy my own research (and) writing, and update the historic account of the previous chapter with reference to (post)qualitative research. The body of the chapter then addresses what I identify as the most significant problem that has emerged in relation to the imperatives for qualitative research in this decade, the challenge of ‘presencing the world’ in academic writing. This includes a selection of readings from those writers who have addressed the ongoing and ever-present dilemmas of writing as representation, followed by some of my own responses to the provocation of presencing the world.