Hearing Others in Qualitative Research
Introduction: Hearing Possibilities in Listening
Hearing Possibilities in Listening
Listen. When I first started playing the trumpet at age 10, I was unknowingly entering into a conversation with the legendary trumpet player, Miles Davis. When I first heard a recording of Miles Davis, at age 13 or 14, I was unknowingly called to listen for the conversation of which I was already a part. The first time I read the autobiography of Miles Davis (Davis & Troupe, 1989), Miles, I didn’t hear the explicit invitation to listen in the first line of the text, “Listen” (p. 7). I didn’t recognize the ways I was already implicated. I didn’t notice the lesson. I didn’t detect the conversation that was already happening. I wasn’t aware of my position as a student to the stories and music of Davis.
I now return to this invitation to listen, as a starting place for considering the significance of what it means to listen, or to position oneself as a listener. How are we called to listen both explicitly and implicitly by others? What is the function of responding to the call or invitation to listen? What are the ethical commitments of answering this call? How might listening work as a method of inquiry? What are the pedagogical functions of listening? In this book, starting from Davis’s call to listen, I consider the possibilities of listening in terms of qualitative research and pedagogy. I also pose my own call for performative listening as a...
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