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BRICOLAGE/BRICOLEUR

Even a cursory glance at the ever growing editions of The Handbook of Qualitative Research (3rd ed., Sage, 2005) will reveal that qualitative inquiry comprises a variety of methodological and philosophical ideas drawn from traditions of interpretivism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, ethnomethodology, ethnography, semiotics, cultural studies, feminism, and critical theory, to name but a few. Given this diversity in intellectual origins, strategies, methods, and practices, it becomes difficult to define in any precise way who the qualitative inquirer is and what it is that he or she does. Of late, some scholars in qualitative inquiry have found the terms qualitative researcher and qualitative research inadequate descriptors of what they believe to be the manifold identity and practice of the qualitative inquirer and have substituted the bricolage ...

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