Edited by Joanna Crossman and Sarbari Bordia
Chapter 12: Qualitative research writing: surveying the vista
Qualitative research writing is a complex process and explored within this chapter from a very broad range of perspectives. Its main aim is to raise discussion about the conceptual relationship between writing, qualitative research methodologies and underpinning assumptions. Writing well is acknowledged as critical to publication, the success of individual academic careers, institutional reputation and access to funding. Curiously, despite the high-stakes nature of academic writing, its quality is often derided both from within and beyond the profession. Qualitative research writing involves the navigation of multiple expectations including those of the methodology, the academic community and society as a whole. From a methodological standpoint, creativity, reflexivity, author voice and non-linear thinking serve as some illustrations of contexts where poststructuralism has shaped how qualitative researchers engage with narratives. Qualitative research writing is characterised by its inextricable relation to the analytical process. The nature of research education and the consolidation of a mature professional (and methodological) identity can present significant challenges for the qualitative researcher, requiring courage, conviction and considerable skill, against a backdrop of entrenched ideas about both writing and research.
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