Dialogic Social Inquiry:
Qualitative Research Without a Methodological Map
Authors: Jan N. DeFehr, Cynthia Loreto Sosa Infante, & Christian Israel Lizama Valladares
Copyright © 2021 Taos Institute Publications
© 2021 Jan N. DeFehr, Cynthia Loreto Sosa Infante,
& Christian Israel Lizama Valladares
Page count: 114
ISBN: 13: 978-1-938552-78-6
Library of Congress Control Number: 2020924342
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Qualitative research courses teach novice researchers that legitimate knowledge production requires applied methodology. Students beginning thesis or graduate studies are likely to learn that their research methodology is to be found in textbooks and journals, far from the relationships at the center of their proposed research projects. The challenge, as it is commonly construed, is to locate a suitable method and then apply it faithfully.
When produced outside of its sites of application, methodology may be incoherent with participant realities and rationalities; it may displace local traditions of inquiry. As a non-living device, methodology cannot sense the emergence of unanticipated changes, constraints, and possibilities. Led by agendas produced elsewhere, researchers may be unanswerable to prompts and invitations found only within the research context itself.
This book draws on social construction theory, collaborative-dialogic practices, and the particularity of two master’s degree theses to show how dialogic social inquiry can produce its own unrepeatable process. Dialogic social inquiry comes from, and remains connected with, the participant community at the core of the inquiry effort. When a research process derives from its own living social ecology, it can more sensitively and boldly do justice to the dynamic requirements and transformative possibilities embedded in the work.
About the Authors
Christian Israel Lizama Valladares is a psychotherapist and graduate studies professor. He works at the Mental Health Institute of the Yucatán government in México and teaches at the Kanankil Institute, where he offers courses such as Reflective Processes and Couples and Sexuality, and teaches topics related to suicide. Christian is certified as a teacher and supervisor of collaborative practice by the Taos Institute, and he is an associate of the Taos Institute. Christian is a writer and published his first novel, Numen, in 2019.
Cynthia Loreto Sosa Infante is a psychologist, teacher, and mother. She has a master’s degree in psychotherapy from the Kanankil Institute where she is a professor in the master’s programs in psychotherapy, family and couples, and collaborative and dialogic practices. Cynthia teaches collaborative and dialogical practices, positive psychology, feminisms, and sexuality and human development, delivering courses such as Relational Ethics, Deconstruction of Dialogic Social Inquiry: Qualitative Research Without a Methodological Map Evolutionary Psychology, Research Methodology, Thesis Seminar, and Reflective Processes. A therapist of families and couples, as well as a facilitator of support groups and reflective teams, Cynthia is the founder and co-director of Conversares, Center for Relational Wellbeing, which offers psychotherapy, support groups, and workshops grounded in collaborative and dialogic practices. Cynthia is also a co-founder of the Maternidades community, dedicated to promoting the many ways of being a mother.
Jan N. DeFehr teaches and researches critical mental health and non pathologizing dialogic premises and practices as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. She received her PhD in social and behavioral sciences from the University of Tilburg. Building public access to critical mental health knowledge is a primary focus of her work. A collaborating colleague of the Kanankil Institute since 2004, Jan is active within the international community of collaborative-dialogic practitioners. She is an associate of the Taos Institute, a global community of scholars and practitioners committed to exploring and developing creative, collaborative processes with families, communities, and organizations around the world.
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