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Dialectical Research Methods in the Classical Marxist Tradition

Agostinone-Wilson, Faith

Dialectical Research Methods in the Classical Marxist Tradition

Series: Critical Qualitative Research - Volume 6

Year of Publication: 2013

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2013. 268 pp.
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Book synopsis

Applicable for both qualitative and quantitative researchers who work within a critical theory paradigm, Dialectical Research Methods in the Classical Marxist Tradition utilizes Marxist principles in aiding the design of inquiry whether at the undergraduate or graduate levels. Included in the text are issues related to social justice, what distinguishes Marxist research from other liberal-left paradigms, how mainstream research is used to support imperialism, re-evaluating ethics, and various forms of data collection. As a point of intellectual inspiration, the text will introduce both familiar and lesser-known names of those engaged in dialectical materialist inquiry past and present. Readers are first introduced to the features of Marxist research, followed by an overview of how research is currently used in academia and industry. Next, the text presents descriptions of dialectical research from both qualitative and quantitative traditions so that readers can access a sampling of existing inquiry. Finally, various forms of data collection and design considerations are laid out in an accessible manner, so that readers can begin to formulate their own research proposals.


Contents: Against Pragmatism – Research in the Service of Empire – What Makes Marxist Research «Marxist»? – Dialectical Empiricist Research – Dialectical Materialist Ethnographers – Theoretical Research in the Dialectical Tradition – People – Places – Things – Interpretation – Technology.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Faith Agostinone-Wilson (Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction, Oklahoma State University) is an associate professor of education at Aurora University. She teaches qualitative research methods and curriculum theory at the doctoral level. Past works include Marxism and Education Beyond Identity: Sexuality and Schooling.


«In the last several decades, Marxist educational theorists and researchers have pinpointed particular deficiencies and shortcomings in mainstream educational and social research and its postmodern pretenders. However, until now, there has never been a systematic and sustained critique of capitalist realism, pragmatism, and postmodernism as limiting and constraining forces for educational researchers. Faith Agostinone-Wilson has produced such a book, and furthermore offers an alternative vision for education research that challenges the legitimacy, efficacy, ethical validity, and sustainability of capitalist society and capitalist forms of education and education research.» (Glenn Rikowski, School of Education, University of Northampton, United Kingdom)
«This is an immensely powerful, very much needed, bombshell of a book...skilfully constructed, clearly argued, and so, so, necessary in its critique of research and research methodologies as they currently are. This is a lucid, penetrating and Marxist analysis and proposal for what research should be. I loved reading this book, its call for committed research, for dialectical materialist enquiry as research not to describe the world but to change it. The book is stunningly good, important and necessary. I was, and am, knocked out by it, in admiration. It more than fills what is currently a lamentable gap in research methodology. Superb!» (Dave Hill, Research Professor in Education, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford and Cambridge, England; Chief Editor, The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies)


Critical Qualitative Research. Vol. 6
General Editors: Shirley R. Steinberg, Gaile S. Cannella