A Quick Guide to Speed-Dating Theorists through Thinking with Theory in Qualitative Research: Viewing Data Across Multiple Perspectives

  • Elsa Lenz Kothe The University of British Columbia
  • Marc Higgins The University of British Columbia
  • Sam Stiegler The University of British Columbia
  • Marie-France Berard The University of British Columbia
  • Brooke Madden The University of British Columbia
Keywords: reading groups, qualitative methodology, poststructuralism, material feminisms

Abstract

Searching for a way to read, think, research, and write with complex theory, the authors of this book review came together for a peer-led doctoral reading group. Given our disparate disciplinary commitments, as well as our uncertainty as to how to embark on such a task, our group coalesced around the approach offered by Alecia Y. Jackson and Lisa A. Mazzei in Thinking with Theory in Qualitative Research: Viewing Data Across Multiple Perspectives. Jackson and Mazzei implicitly propose the format of speed-dating theorists within their book, which we found ideal for our theoretically promiscuous reading group. We offer a window into our speed-dating experiences through a creatively flirty medium: dating service profiles. Like the profiles, the productivity of using Thinking with Theory as a guide for promiscuous theoretical thinking, researching, and writing is not in its prescription but rather in the emergence of different productions of knowledge that occur relationally.

Author Biographies

Elsa Lenz Kothe, The University of British Columbia
Curriculum Studies
Marc Higgins, The University of British Columbia
Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education
Sam Stiegler, The University of British Columbia
Curriculum Studies
Marie-France Berard, The University of British Columbia
Curriculum Studies
Brooke Madden, The University of British Columbia
Curriculum Studies
Published
2015-05-08
Section
Book Review/Critique de livre