Category Archives: Research methods

Rhizo-slicing

[…] It is time for metaphor, for the/some rhizoanalysis.  The responses of the research participants stand above.  Or they would so stand if this dissertation-assemblage  was a photograph of a moment in time.  But time moves on; the texts have … Continue reading

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Deleuzian Plateaus

When trying to visually represent Deleuze and Guattari’s plateaus it is necessary to choose a metaphor wisely.  They say, “We call a ‘plateau’ any multiplicity connected to other multiplicities by superficial underground stems in such a way as to form … Continue reading

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A rhizomatic text

I am at a junction in the preparation of my written thesis.  One road leads to a “standard” scientistic piece of work and the other to a rhizomatic text.  All of the writing advice counsels taking the first road, while … Continue reading

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Research Review February 2017 – In Media Res

It is three years since I submitted my research proposal to the CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership.  The proposal was (and is) titled: Cyborg Music: A Future Musicotechnographic Aesthetic.  The research question it introduced was: Will current and future developments in … Continue reading

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Questionnaire design

Since I am designing my own online research survey at the moment, I thought that I would complete this one: https://opinio.ucl.ac.uk/s?s=34490, since it is very broadly related to my own topic. It might serve the needs of these particular researchers … Continue reading

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Cogglitating an interview structure

I’ve always liked mind-mapping as an aid to composition / revision since coming across Tony Buzan‘s work many years ago.  I’ve been tinkering with this new (free-ish!) online web-based software from Coggle.  Whilst the cross-linking between arms of the (Deleuzean?) tree … Continue reading

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So you think you want to do a PhD?

‘You’re brave taking on a PhD,’ says my cousin Les, ‘I spend more time talking people out of them than into them.’ Les should know what he is talking about; he is a practising GP, has an MD and is … Continue reading

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Qualitative / Quantitative

Silverman (2013) has been giving me useful advice about the balance between qualitative and quantitative data-gathering in humanities and social science research projects.  One project that is utilizing both methods is the collaboration between the Open University and King’s College London, … Continue reading

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Ethnographic Interviewing

A subject entry which will be updated as the repository of information grows over time: Nigel G Fielding in the subject entry ‘Ethnographic Interviewing’ in Jupp, V. (Ed.) 2006, The SAGE Dictionary of Social Research Methods, London: SAGE Publishing, has useful … Continue reading

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Qualitative blog analysis

This talk by Dr Helen Snee (University of Manchester) raises interesting issues regarding the qualitative analysis of blog data-sets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-iBE-CLg2k. Issues raised: Rich data sources to be had from blogs and other social media Gain ‘spontaneous’ (unmediated) narratives which can be … Continue reading

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