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Curiosity and Serendipity in Qualitative Research

Åkerström, Malin LU (2013) In Qualitative Sociology Review IX(2). p.10-18
Abstract
This presentation argues that we seldom speak of our findings in qualitative research as serendipitous, although we have splendid possibilities to make surprising findings. In order to enhance the chances and sharpen our analyses we have to read broadly but also pay attention to details in our data. We should avoid societal or scholarly conventionality, even be disobedient to recommendations, if

this blinds us to new meanings of our findings. The value of serendipitous findings lies in the fact that they diverge from conventionally held knowledge. Thus, we have to retain our curiosity, with the “strange intoxication” or passion that Max Weber wrote about in Science as Vocation.
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serendipity, curiosity, qualitative methods
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Lodz University
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this blinds us to new meanings of our findings. The value of serendipitous findings lies in the fact that they diverge from conventionally held knowledge. Thus, we have to retain our curiosity, with the “strange intoxication” or passion that Max Weber wrote about in Science as Vocation.},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {10--18},
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  series       = {Qualitative Sociology Review},
  title        = {Curiosity and Serendipity in Qualitative Research},
  volume       = {IX},
  year         = {2013},
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