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Taking the methods classroom to the street: Reflexive qualitative methods to find better prompts for data literacy

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This article describes an ongoing effort to train citizens to become social researchers
themselves, to explore and develop their own data literacy. It focuses on a specific
series of experiments called the Museum of Random Memory. Alongside
explanations of this effort as applied research or critical pedagogy, which are both
apt, we can consider it as a series of meta level analysis of the methods we use for
public oriented engagement and intervention. Over time, this reflexive focus on
method, a hallmark of the interpretive sociological tradition, is helping us build better
questions across multiple digital, conceptual, and material modalities. The ambition of
practicing collective self-reflexive meta analysis is to build our ability to respond
rapidly to changing needs in the public sphere and create interventions that have
immediate impact on people’s abilities to critically analyze their own social lives and
wellbeing in ever more powerful automated systems of control.
Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019

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