The readings for last week were, as a whole, quite dense and theory laden. It is understandable that Denzin and Lincoln’s section in The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research (3rd edition) would be dense since it serves as a comprehensive introduction to the book. I did find the Fine (et al) chapter from the Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research (2nd edition), “For whom?: Qualitative research, representations, and social responsibilities,” far more accessible.
The writers of the aforementioned text draw the reader in with, “I grew up in a world in which talking about somebody’s mama was a way of life…” (Fine, et al, 107) Here, the writers pique the reader’s interest. Maybe this isn’t dry and theory laden. The article does contain quite a bit of theory, however, the authors inject more humanity in their discussion about the ethics of qualitative research. Where the other articles could put the average brain into high gear in an attempt to understand the concepts, this article captured and held attention and related the theory in the most accessible way.