What is it about?

This article demonstrates how liminality provides methodological possibilities that consider affective, social, and cultural knowledge domains in interdisciplinary qualitative research. Arguing that researching perspectives of liminal citizens whose intellectual traditions exist outside the bonds of the most liberal citizenship conceptions requires liminal ontological space for researchers to un think the research process.

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Why is it important?

Inequities of the present social order are symptoms of the epistemological exclusion. This article challenges that exclusion resulting in a culturally appropriate method of community inquiry, which is the Blues Methodology. This article traces the journey to the methodology and discusses the personal community nexus in the research relationship.


Writing this article was an immense pleasure. I hope it demonstrates the network of relationships involved in cultural community research. I hope this narrative shows the researcher habits of mind and necessity for researcher awareness in educational research. Ultimately, I hope this article communicates the knowledge and methodological assets available in liminal spaces.

Melissa Speight Vaughn

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This page is a summary of: Black Epistemologies and Blues Methodology: Engaging Liminal Ontological Space in Qualitative Research, Qualitative Inquiry, November 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/1077800419883307.
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