In a recently published “one-act play,” Norman Denzin alleges that I and others have misinterpreted the kind of qualitative inquiry he promotes and are insufficiently open-minded. In response, I argue that he positions his critics via a modernist notion of resisting progress that is rhetorically illegitimate, and obscures and misrepresents their arguments, partly through use of the play format. I insist that research is a distinct form of activity, different in character from both art and politics, and that pursuing one under the auspices of another is unethical.
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