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Mindful Inquiry In Social Research

Author: Valerie Malhotra Bentz
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761904090
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This innovative introduction to research in the social sciences guides students and new researchers through the maze of research traditions, cultures of inquiry and epistemological frameworks. It introduces the underlying logic of ten cultures of inquiry: ethnography; quantitative behavioral science; phenomenology; action research; hermeneutics; evaluation research; feminist research; critical social science; historical-comparative research; and theoretical research. It clarifies conceptual and intellectual traditions in research, and puts researchers firmly in the investigative saddle - able to choose, justify, and explain the intellectual framework and personal rationale of their research.

Mindful Inquiry In Social Research

Author: Valerie Malhotra Bentz
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1506319041
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This innovative introduction to research in the social sciences guides students and new researchers through the maze of research traditions, cultures of inquiry and epistemological frameworks. It introduces the underlying logic of ten cultures of inquiry: ethnography; quantitative behavioral science; phenomenology; action research; hermeneutics; evaluation research; feminist research; critical social science; historical-comparative research; and theoretical research. It clarifies conceptual and intellectual traditions in research, and puts researchers firmly in the investigative saddle - able to choose, justify, and explain the intellectual framework and personal rationale of their research.

Mindful Inquiry In Social Research

Author: Valerie Malhotra Bentz
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1452251150
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This innovative introduction to research in the social sciences guides students and new researchers through the maze of research traditions, cultures of inquiry and epistemological frameworks. It introduces the underlying logic of ten cultures of inquiry: ethnography; quantitative behavioral science; phenomenology; action research; hermeneutics; evaluation research; feminist research; critical social science; historical-comparative research; and theoretical research. It clarifies conceptual and intellectual traditions in research, and puts researchers firmly in the investigative saddle - able to choose, justify, and explain the intellectual framework and personal rationale of their research.

Analyzing Talk In The Social Sciences

Author: Katherine Bischoping
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1473953138
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Talk is one of the main resources available to qualitative researchers. It offers rich, meaningful data that can provide real insights and new perspectives. But once you have the data how do you select an appropriate means of analysis? How do you ensure that the approach you adopt is the best for your project and your data? The book will help you choose strategies for qualitative analysis that best suit your research. It walks you through key decisions, provides actionable game plans and highlights the advantages and challenges of the main approaches. It is packed full of real examples designed to showcase the different tools you might use to meet your own objectives. Each section of the book focuses on one popular strategy for analyzing talk-based data: Narrative Analysis Conversation Analysis Discourse Analysis Taken together these sections will help you to fine-tune the link between your primary research question and your methods; to ensure that your theoretical stance fits with your methods; and to reason through your analysis in a way that will be recognizable to the intellectual communities of narrative, conversation, or discourse analysts. This book is both starting point and map for any social scientist looking to strategically and purposefully analyse talk data.

Mindfulness And The Arts Therapies

Author: Laury Rappaport
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 0857006886
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This ground-breaking book explores the theoretical, clinical and training application of integrating mindfulness with all of the arts therapies, and includes cutting-edge contributions from neuroscience. Written by pioneers and leaders in the arts therapies and psychology fields, the book includes 6 sections that examine mindfulness and the arts therapies from different perspectives: 1) the history and roots of mindfulness in relation to spirituality, psychotherapy and the arts therapies; 2) the role of the expressive arts in cultivating mindful awareness; 3) innovative approaches that add mindfulness to the arts therapies; 4) arts therapies approaches that are inherently mindfulness-based; 5) mindfulness in the training and education of arts therapists; and 6) the neuroscience underlying mindfulness and the arts therapies. Contributors describe their pioneering work with diverse applications: people with cancer, trauma, chronic pain, substance abuse, severe mental illness, clients in private practice, adolescents at camp, training dance and art therapists, and more. This rich resource will inspire and rejuvenate all clinicians and educators.

Contemplative Social Research

Author: Valerie Bentz
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781541119147
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Contemplative Social Research brings together research and insights from scholars throughout Europe and North America, and from a variety of social science disciplines. The book argues that contemplative-based inquiry is unique in recognizing the deep oneness of humanity, since it requires embodied awareness as well as openness to the transpersonal dimensions of the human experience. No single discipline can deal with such vitally important issues as climate change, growing social inequalities, or the social impact of new digital technologies. Consequently, the book argues that only a contemplative vision that pushes the boundaries between disciplines and cultures can extend and broaden the social and human sciences. Part One focuses on conceptualizations of knowing and being. First, Zachary Walsh broadens mindfulness practice beyond various cultural, religious, and disciplinary perspectives. Valerie Bentz addresses the essentially contemplative nature of phenomenological inquiry, which is a way of being, as well as a way of knowing. Doug Porpora's "critical realism" reclaims the spiritual realm as necessary to ground moral and ethical action. Donald McCown recaps the benefits of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs), structured as nonhierarchical groups of friends. Xavier Renteria-Uriarte views contemplation as the basis for all knowledge systems throughout human history. And Vincenzo Giorgino argues in favor of a balanced point of encounter between contemplative knowledge and social sciences. Part Two presents applications of contemplative research and practice. Krzysztof Konecki maintains that consistent meditative practices enhance the ability of social scientists to see beyond the concepts and categories that may constrain their research. Annabelle Nelson shows that contemplative psychology, along with advancements in knowledge of the brain, allow for a fundamental transformation of the mind. Luann Fortune describes her experience using the somatic and meditative practice of labyrinth-walking as a tool for opening up her interpretation of data about her participants' experiences. David Casacuberta demonstrates that the current software design for smartphones and computers-now pervasive ways of connecting-developed from a hierarchical and power-based mode of connectivity. And finally, Christopher Mare takes contemplative practice deeper into neuroscience and broader into environmental design.

Understanding Narrative Inquiry

Author: Jeong-Hee Kim
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483324699
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Understanding Narrative Inquiry: The Crafting and Analysis of Stories as Research is a comprehensive, thought-provoking introduction to narrative inquiry in the social and human sciences that guides readers through the entire narrative inquiry process—from locating narrative inquiry in the interdisciplinary context, through the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings, to narrative research design, data collection (excavating stories), data analysis and interpretation, and theorizing narrative meaning. Six extracts from exemplary studies, together with questions for discussion, are provided to show how to put theory into practice. Rich in stories from author Jeong-Hee Kim’s own research endeavors and incorporating chapter-opening vignettes that illustrate a graduate student's research dilemma, the book not only accompanies readers through the complex process of narrative inquiry with ample examples, but also helps raise their consciousness about what it means to be a qualitative researcher and a narrative inquirer in particular.

Leading From Within

Author: Gretchen Ki Steidle
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 026203719X
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Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- The science of mindfulness -- Overview of conscious social change -- Cultivating presence -- Becoming whole -- Ensuring balance -- Engaging mindfully -- Leading from within -- Conclusion -- Appendix of organizations integrating mindfulness into social change -- Bibliography -- Notes

The Paradigm Dialog

Author: Egon G. Guba
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 9780803938229
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Is scientific positivism, long the reigning paradigm for research in the social sciences, the `best way' to conduct social research? This is the central question examined in The Paradigm Dialog. Recently three key challenges have appeared - positivism, critical theory and constructivism. All three offer researchers new methodological approaches and all three present fundamental questions that must be addressed. Can research be conducted between paradigms? Are they equally useful in answering questions of applied research? What constitutes good or ethical research in each? These and other significant questions are examined by a multidisciplinary group of leading figures in qualitative research.

Diversity

Author: Philomena Essed
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 9781558490260
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This collection of essays examines problems of race, gender and cultural identity, from a European perspective. Looking at government policies and schemes designed to ensure diversity, from multiculturalism to positive action, it encourages a rethink on issues of gender, colour and culture.