The Qualitative Other: An Autoethnography

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This autoethnography uses the author’s own experiences and observations as well as selected scholarly sources to reflect on the current state of qualitative research in Asia. It draws on the experiences of doing a qualitative PhD in a primarily quantitative (Asian) environment. The study finds that qualitative research in Asia is currently challenged and provides three types of reasons why this is the case: pragmatic and systematic reasons, which show how a strong focus on outcome over process has influenced academic methods in Asia; ontological and epistemological reasons, which show how Asian researchers tend to prefer “methodological rule following” over more exploratory approaches; and, finally, reproduction of these ideas is shown to be a reason why significant change to methodological preferences is difficult to achieve. The chapter also reflects on the increasing acceptance and respect for qualitative methodologies in Asia, observed by the author. Based on these reflections, the author suggests that the view of qualitative and critical approaches in Asia is comparable to that of the tourist Other – as simultaneously fascinating and frightening.
TitelAsian Qualitative Research in Tourism : Ontologies, Epistemologies, Methodologies and Methods
RedaktørerPaolo Mura, Catheryn Khoo-Lattimore
Antal sider12
Publikationsdato22 feb. 2018
ISBN (Trykt)978-981-10-7490-5
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-981-10-7491-2
StatusUdgivet - 22 feb. 2018
NavnPerspectives on Asian tourism


  • Autoethnography
  • Qualitative research
  • Asia
  • Methods
  • Otherness

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