Authors

Diane Rodgers

Document Type

Article

Media Type

Text

Abstract

In this article, I propose to adapt the Talmud, a Jewish religious text, for the written representation of qualitative research. The form and the style of argumentation in and engendered by the Talmud can be adapted to present qualitative methods in a way that transcends the limitations of conventional formats. In addition, this format requires even greater participation in the act of reading. Because the Talmudic format uniquely addresses the difficulties involved in representing everyday life, I argue that adapting the format of the Talmud is ideal for giving voice, for presenting multiple and competing narratives alongside documents, and for further problematizing any simple notion of truth and authority.

DOI

10.1525/si.2009.32.3.260

Publication Date

1-1-2009

Department

Department of Sociology

ISSN

0195-6086

Language

eng

Publisher

Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

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