Post-methodology? [Table of contents]

Authors and editors

Kieran Bonner
writes "An autobiographical description is an unusual task to undertake. One has to describe the self as though one were outside the self to be described. It has the character of an "up to this point in time, this is where I have been, this is what I have done". There is thus a finality to the description, though not the finality of an obituary, because one is still in the midst of the life one is describing. In the context of this publication, presumably the description is orientated to giving a sense of the author, as a person and as a social theorist. What do I focus on? Do I focus on my experience growing up, in a working class family as the eldest of 13 children? Of growing up in a town one is not historically part of, in a country which privileges history? Of living, parenting, teaching and learning in Canada in the context of a collaborative relationship with a Kerrywoman? Do I focus on my education in sociology in Trinity College Dublin, and in dialectical analysis at York University in Toronto? My teaching experience at a small liberal arts university in Alberta? My sabbatical at U.C.G. and the experience of a homecomer? My unqualified commitment to thinking about what we do? I could/cannot go on. What, therefore, do I focus on?"

Post-methodology and social inquiry: an introduction

Gerry Boucher
is conducting dissertation research in the Republic of Ireland for the 1993-4 academic year. The research topic concerns the emergence of a European cultural identity among Irish elites. He has a B.A. in Politics/Sociology from Trinity College Dublin and a M.A. in Sociology from Temple University. His teaching experience includes courses on Social Theory, Statistics, Comparative Development, Race and Racism, Deviance, Gender relations, American Ethnicity, Wealth and Power and Social Problems. He is a dual citizen of the US and Ireland, his mother having emigrated to London during the 50s and marrying an American naval navigator - a sort of Cold War meets the End of Empire story with a post-colonial twist.

The necessity of including the researcher in one's research

Laurence Cox
writes "My parents are British émigré intellectuals from lower middle-class, regional, Dissenting backgrounds. The 'new social movements', alternative culture and intellectual dissent together form my own background, at a later stage and in different forms my own chosen environment, at a later stage still the focus of my research. I have lived and worked in Norway, France and Germany; my partner is Italian. The experience of active participation in and subjection to these complex and contradictory social contexts presents the problems of systematically making sense of the social world, of comparison and translation between different contexts and experiences, of communication and of understanding and transforming subjectivity as problems of practical existence rather than theoretical issues; these problems are ones I share with the 'subjects' of my research. I am committed to attempting the negotiation of the problematic relationships between emancipatory action, the shared exploration of consciousness and intellectual honesty within the different, ultimately interdependent fields of praxis, but aware from my own research and experience of the extreme difficulties of such a project."

Discovery and dialectics: Gerhard Kleining's methodology of qualitative research

Anne Good
was born in Dublin where she obtained a BA in History and Politics from UCD. After third level teaching for six years in Malaysia and Galway, she moved to Brussels where she was a founder of the Centre for Research on European Women, European coordinator of the European Network of Women and EU correspondent for the Times Educational Supplement. Returning to Ireland to take up the post of Chief Officer at the Council for the Status of Women, she also served as a board member of the Employment Equality Agency 1987-92. She completed a "conversion year" to sociology in 1993 in TCD and is currently engaged in PhD research there on EU gender equality policy.

Editors' preface

Antje Herrberg
was born in Germany and pursued both primary and secondary school there. Upon finishing her secondary schooling in Paris, France, she went on an exchange programme to Boston, United States of America for two years, initially to improve her command of English but subsequently enrolled as a student of journalism/international communications. She finished her undergraduate studies in Heidelberg, Germany with a two subject degree in International Relations/Diplomacy and Economics. After working for a short period in the Institute for Applied Economic Research in Tübingen, Germany, she moved to Dublin to pursue a Masters of European Economic and Public Affairs in U.C.D. She is at present lecturing and conducting doctoral research under the supervision of Jean Monnet Prof. Moxon-Browne at the University of Limerick.

Research interests include: Post Cold War order and conceptualisation, the role of the nation-state in the new international system, Integration theory, the role of Germany in the European Union as an input of "Western" foreign policy responses towards the former USSR.

The post-cold war order and the search for new research methodologies for the political scientist

Ronit Lentin,
Israeli-born, has lived in Ireland for 24 years. She has published several novels in Hebrew and English and her book, 'Conversations with Palestinian Women', was published in Jerusalem in 1981. Her novel, 'Night Train to Mother', was published in Dublin in 1989 and in the US in 1990. Lentin has an M Phil in Women's Studies from TCD and she now teaches courses in Feminist Theory and Gender and Ethnicity on the Grad.Dip./MA in Women's Studies programme at the University of Limerick. She has published several papers on Jewish American Women Writers (her M Phil topic) and her paper on feminist research methodologies is published in the current issue of the Irish Journal of Sociology. She is currently researching a PhD on Israeli daughters of Holocaust survivors who are writers and film makers.

"I'll be a post-feminist in post-patriarchy": reflexivity is a feminist issue

Carol MacKeogh
studied Communications at Concordia University while working as a researcher at The Centre for Teaching and Learning at McGill University, Canada. Since returning to Ireland she has been teaching and researching in Media and Communication Studies. She is currently researching, on an R.T.E. Scholarship, for her PhD in Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests are in television/media and youth audiences.

Editors' preface

Heleen Riper
is a Dutch woman, now living and working in Limerick. Her doctoral thesis on death and dying experience was completed in the University of Amsterdam, at the Centre for Innovation and Cooperative Technology. She is currently working on research projects in Peru, and in the South-Western Health Board region, in Ireland.

Shifting models and methods in the study of death and dying

Roland Tormey
would like to be relaxing full time. Instead he is working on a PhD in sociology in Trinity College Dublin. He obtained his primary degree from University College Dublin in sociology and social administration. He also served a research internship with the Department of Health and Human Services, in Washington D.C. He has been considered competent enough to teach sociology, social policy, and philosophy, in both university and adult education settings, but, perversely, he claims that the 'students' teach him as much as he teaches them. When he is not teaching, or researching, he is arguing, debating, discussing, watching football, or watching Star Wars (again).

He is not married with three children, nor does he live in Surrey.

Editors' preface