Exploring a New Handbook for the “Quiet Revolution” by Sheila B Robinson

Hello All! I’m Sheila B Robinson, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with a great offer on a (literally!) huge new resource!

Lesson Learned: The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research was a favorite grad school text. This blog article’s titular phrase “quiet revolution” comes from Norman Denzin and Yvonna Lincoln’s preface to my 2nd edition (c. 2000) of the highly esteemed tome. The authors/editors shared then that they observed “over the past two decades, a quiet methodological revolution had been occurring in the social sciences; a blurring of disciplinary boundaries was taking place.”

Now, in SAGE’s 5th edition published this year, Denzin and Lincoln open Chapter 1 with a series of questions:

  • What do we mean by research, inquiry, critical, social justice, transformative, dialogic, reflexive, participatory, emancipatory, narrative, resistance love, loss, praxis, rigor, and writing as a way of being in the world?
  • How do we move forward?
  • What is the place of a new edition of the Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research in this project?
  • What is the role of critical qualitative research in a historical present when the need for social justice has never been greater?

Clearly, a great deal has changed in the 17 years since my 2nd edition was published, and since the beginning of the revolution.

Hot Tip: According to SAGE, this new edition has been substantially updated with 19 new chapters, making it a virtually new volume. For those familiar with earlier editions or big players in qualitative research, you’ll still find very familiar names: Guba, Ladson-Billings, Schwandt, Saldaña, Charmaz, and Fine, among others.


  • New contributors offer 19 completely new chapter topics, including indigenous methodologies, methodologies in an age of new technologies, queer/quare theory, ethnodrama, data and its problematics, triangulation, collaborative inquiry, digital ethnography, the global audit culture, and much more.
  • Substantial revisions from returning authors provide reinvigorated content resulting in very different chapters.
  • Content on a wide range of key topics, diverse perspectives, and current controversies derived from members of an international and interdisciplinary editorial board ensure the timeliest revision.


  • Six classic chapters cover topics from paradigmatic controversies, contradictions, and emerging confluences, to performance ethnography, writing as a method of inquiry, strategies for composition, and creating narratives and research reports.
  • Contributions from well-known international scholars allow readers to study the differences in approach among European, Australian, and American practitioners and theoreticians, as well as to hear the voices of non-Western authors.
  • Coverage of state-of-the-art topics include critical social science, critical pedagogy, mixed methods, narrative inquiry, qualitative research and technology, online ethnography, oral history, human rights, disability communities, queer theory, and performance ethnography.
  • Discussions on a wide range of methods expand the reader’s repertoire of methodologies, enlarging the range of data that can be brought to bear on social and educational issues.

Hotter Tip!!! SAGE is offering a 30% discount on the purchase price (of the hardcover version only) when entering the code DENZIN30 at sagepub.com. Of course, if you’re traveling light (the book is still around 1000 pages!), you can also purchase electronic versions.

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