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Abstract

This paper presents an overview of the post qualitative research paradigm, tracing the main concepts that underpin it, and the way it opens up research to include the experiential. Research that tends to affect and the totality of existence. The cornerstone of post qualitative is its flat ontology—researcher, theory, and subject matter, form a non-hierarchical assemblage. The human and the non-human, material and immaterial, merge in a liminal entity. Nothing is considered as tainting, bar from the introduction of power relations. And this is the snare commanding caution. Academic approval is conducive to the misinterpretation of the theoretical pieces on post qualitative, of morphing them into authoritative theory, fixed points. Autonomy and the assemblage of theory from, and under lived experience, are the institutional elements of post qualitative. The introduction of any form of closure constitutes a lapse into the doppelgänger of what it set out to surmount.

Keywords

Post Qualitative, Research Methodology, Epistemology, Autonomy, Lived Theory

Author Bio(s)

Konstantinos Kerasovitis comes with a background in design and is currently employed in the Greek ministry of labour. He is a PhD researcher at the university of Wolverhampton, mentored by Dr Benjamin Halligan. His research interests pivot around employment, affect and the body in their philosophical implications. Please direct correspondence to k.kerasovitis@wlv.ac.uk.

Acknowledgements

My deepest gratitude is extended to Dr Benjamin Halligan, for having the patience to read through and comment on exceedingly longer and murkier, versions of this text, and for allowing me to exist in a non-hierarchical mode, in at least one aspect of my life. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 4th World Conference on Qualitative Research (WCQR2019) in Oporto, Portugal, October 16th to 18th 2019. https://2019.wcqr.info/world-conference-on-qualitative-research/

Publication Date

12-4-2020

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