Causal Analysis in Qualitative Inquiry to Map Marginalization and Inclusion

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Focusing on discourse and employing social constructionist and critical lenses, the authors discuss how to frame causality through analyses of qualitative data. Rather than replacing more conventional notions, causal analysis in qualitative inquiry allows scholars to map marginalization and inclusion so as to effectively generate and engage in new alternative, holistic ways of processing situations about the present in their socio-historical-cultural-political-economic contexts. By conducting qualitative causal discursive analyses, researchers and practitioners gain insight into why, how, what, and when marginalization and privilege occur. In turn, those insights catalyze the generation of uniquely useful and necessary understandings of the ways in which particular events, actions, and utterances are wielded to benefit certain interests, especially and most importantly in circumstances that are ambiguous, politically charged, and/or fueled by oppositional sides.

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Causal Analysis in Qualitative Inquiry to Map Marginalization and Inclusion, in S. Just, A. Risberg & F. Villesèche (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Organizational Diversity Research Methods, Routledge, p. 242-254