Kuntz, A.M. (2015). The Responsible Methodologist: Inquiry, Truth-Telling, and Social Justice. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press; New York: Routledge.
What does it mean to be a responsible methodologist? Certainly it is more than being a research middle-manager who ensures that the tools used in a thesis or dissertation are of the right gauge. In The Responsible Methodologist, leading education scholar Aaron Kuntz uses the latest movements in social theory to challenge qualitative researchers to reconceptualize their work away from the technocratic toward an intervention, an ethical disruption of the norm, an activist stance toward progressive social change. Inviting creativity and vision, he insists that the responsible methodologist become a force leading the discourse toward social justice. His book-challenges the technocratic role given to qualitative methodologists in university settings;-urges them to become a force for change through Foucault’s parrhesia, risky truth-telling;-includes research projects that have incorporated this vision.
Praise for The Responsible Methodologist:
“Aaron Kuntz has written a stunning critique of technocratic social science methodology that ignores both its historical and political entanglements as well as its theoretical commitments. He reminds us that methodology is thinkable (or not) only within specific onto-epistemological formations and cannot be applied willy-nilly from one study to another as has become all too common in educational research.”
--Elizabeth A. St. Pierre, University of Georgia
"Finally we have something to cite when discussing methodologists’ responsibilities and qualitative inquiry as a political act! This book offers well-structured arguments and lovely theoretical insights related to the ways in which methodologists who take their work seriously move beyond the question of procedure when approaching methodological knowing and scholarship. I highly recommend this book for all interested in expanding their perspectives on methodological responsibilities of scholars who teach and study methods."
--Mirka Koro-Ljungberg, Arizona State University
"This dangerous methods book puts Foucault to good work in contesting neoliberal proceduralism and addressing ethically activist research in a critical materialist moment."
--Patti Lather, Ohio State University, emerita