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NBN Interview with Michelle Fine on her new book– Just Research in Contentious Times: Widening the Methodological Imagination

I greatly enjoyed my conversation with Michelle Fine on her new book, Just Research in Contentious Times: Widening the Methodological Imagination (Teachers College Press, 2018). Michelle is so eloquent and also so passionate about her work, a role model for a lot of us doing social justice work in this age. I particularly appreciate that she could share with me not only her achievements and insights, but also the pushbacks she received–things that eventually made her stronger and even more perseverant. Here is the link to the interview:

New Books Interview with Fine

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Uncategorized

NBN Interview with Michelle Fine on her new book– Just Research in Contentious Times: Widening the Methodological Imagination

I greatly enjoyed my conversation with Michelle Fine on her new book, Just Research in Contentious Times: Widening the Methodological Imagination (Teachers College Press, 2018). Michelle is so eloquent and also so passionate about her work, a role model for a lot of us doing social justice work in this age. I particularly appreciate that she could share with me not only her achievements and insights, but also the pushbacks she received–things that eventually made her stronger and even more perseverant. Here is the link to the interview:

NBN Interview with Fine

Enjoy!

The Researching Research Project

The Researching Research Project

How do adolescents grow into mature adults during massive social changes? Traditional social theories emphasize the role of school education in preparing adolescents for the necessary social, cultural and cognitive skills in their coming of age process. However, when school education fails to do so, how do adolescents grow into adult social members and what challenges, difficulties, and struggles do they have to deal with? I explore this question in the context of modern and contemporary China, a country whose incredible socio-cultural and political changes make it especially well-suited for this study.

 

The Changing Fate Project examines Chinese rural youth’s coming of age experience in the country’s transition from the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) to post-Mao market reforms. During the Cultural Revolution, the youth in China’s countryside received a rural-oriented and collectivist school education, which did not prepare them for the ensuing social changes that led to a world of urbanization and individualization. This phenomenon then leads me to ask how rural youth in China navigated their lives and transformed their identity during and right after the years of social changes. Based on ethnographic and oral history data, I argue that a combination of micro and macro level factors—most importantly, family, state ideology and gender—enabled rural youths to internalize different sets of social norms and channeled them to distinctive life paths. Currently, I am working on a book manuscript derived from this project, which is tentatively titled Changing Fate: The Cultural Revolution’s Rural Youth in Transition to Post-Mao China.

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NBN Interview on Discursive Perspectives on Education Policy and Implementation

The study of education policy is a scholarly field that sheds light on important debates and controversies revolving around education policy and its implementation. In this episode, I will be talking with three scholars who have made substantial contributions to this field by introducing an innovative perspective to the studies of educational policy—the discursive perspectives. In their new edited volume, Discursive Perspectives on Education Policy and Implementation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), editors Jessica LesterChad Lochmiller, and Rachael Gabriel, together with other contributors of the book, argue that we should pay close attention to how language is used as a mediation in the entire process of education policy conceptualization and implementation. The book offers compelling and diverse examples to demonstrate how researchers interested in different aspects of policy studies may employ language-based methodologies to enrich our understanding of crucial issues in the realm of policymaking. Thoughtfully produced and carefully presented, the book also won this year’s AERA Qualitative Research SIG outstanding book award.

This is my first time to conduct interview with more than one guest remotely. I am glad it went on so well! Thanks, Drs. Lester, Lochmiller, and Gabriel!

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My Dissertation on Rural Chinese Youth Received the Top Prize from International Institute for Qualitative Methodology

It is a great honor for me to receive the top prize in the 2017 International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) Dissertation Award — Ph.D. Level. The award came as a big surprise but I am excited to know my work has been recognized by the international qualitative research community. I look forward to presenting my study and receiving the award in next year’s Qualitative Health Research Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

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NBN Interview with Aaron Kuntz on his new book–The Responsible Methodologist: Inquiry, Truth-Telling, and Social Justice

In this episode, I speak with Aaron M. Kuntz about his book, The Responsible Methodologist: Inquiry, Truth-Telling, and Social Justice (Left Coast Press, 2015). This book offers a thorough and much-needed interrogation of the role of research methodologist in today’s neo-liberalist era. Kuntz reflects upon the social and cultural structure that gave rise to the conventional role of a methodologist, a technocrat and middle-manager of knowledge production. He urges social and educational researchers in general, and research methodologists in particular, to move away from such a morally indifferent position and to encompass a social justice oriented approach to research. In his book, Kuntz also mobilizes the latest social theories from post-structuralism to new materialism to reconceptualize the meaning of truth and the responsibility of researchers.

This thought-provoking and beautifully executed book will bring the readers to the central issues and debates with which contemporary researchers and research methodologists have been wrestling. Aaron is inspiring, interesting, and humorous. I love to hear his intellectual journey from a literature student to an established qualitative methodologist.

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NBN Interview with Patricia Leavy on Low-Fat Love Stories

It was a great pleasure to chat with Patricia Leavy on her new book, Low-Fat Love Stories (Sense Publishers, 2017, co-authored with Victoria Scotti). This interesting and inspiring book is a collection of short stories and artistic portraits focusing on women’s dissatisfying relationships. What makes these stories different from conventional fictions is that all the stories are based on extensive interviews with women of different ages and from different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds across the United States. In the book, readers will read extremely candid and moving personal stories, identity struggles, and painstaking self-reflection. As a product of art-based research, the book also critically interrogates how popular culture shapes women’s self-perception, influences their understanding of romantic relationship, and eventually contributes to their sufferings of low self-esteem, depression, or anxiety. Dr. Leavy has so many insights to share about conducting art-based research. I enjoyed the entire conversation with her incredibly and my personal favorite part of the interview is her talking about how she conducted collaborative art-based research with artist, Victoria Scotti.