Foto's: Wildflower tapestry, Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen – Natuurpunt, Gent, Belgium
Ulmer | in press | Qualitative Inquiry
Though this is a simple message, the time for community and kindness is now. Competing with other inquirers can yield individual rewards, but such moves risk sacrificing our collective futures for both immediate and rapidly diminishing gains. A commitment to inclusive and welcoming qualitative communities (Denzin, 2008, 2017), however, opens different paths. As such, this conceptual article suggests that collaboration and cooperation are not simply collegial matters: they are necessary in these troubled times. Differences over whose approaches are ‘right,’ ‘best,’ or ‘most appropriate’ can be not only unproductive, but counterproductive in sustaining futures that include us all. When threats to democratic inquiry seek to divide us, there is no need to divide ourselves.
Keywords: wildflowers; wilde bloemen; fleurs sauvages; flores silvestres; kır çiçekleri; 野花; 야생화; qualitative inquiry; pedagogy; methodological community
Foto's: Atomiums, Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen – Natuurpunt, Gent, Belgium