[Air-L] method / methodology

Radhika Gajjala cyborgwati at gmail.com
Mon Feb 8 14:24:17 PST 2010

Marj - I insist on this distinction - it helps for clarity in defining the
project -

I tell students that method is like a step by step recipe
and methodolgy is more conceptual - providing a rationale for the step by
step combination of method tools - that includes  theoretical framework,
philosophical foundations/approach and conversation with related literature
(however interdisciplinary) and the process through which the site will be
examined and understood.

On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 4:52 PM, Marj Kibby <Marj.Kibby at newcastle.edu.au>wrote:

> Has the distinction between method and methodology disappeared?
> I tell my media students that:
> A research method is the tool or tools that we use to make sense of a
> text/audience/institution - broadly ethnography. or observation and
> interview eg.
> A research methodology is the rationale for the project design; a
> combination of the philosophical approach, the supporting theory and the
> research method.
> Is use different in different places, or has 'method' disappeared? If so
> what do we now call 'methodology'?
> Regards,
> Marj
> Associate Professor Marjorie Kibby
> Discipline Convenor: Film, Media and Cultural Studies
> School of Humanities and Social Science
> The University of Newcastle  Callaghan NSW 2308 Australia
> Marj.Kibby at newcastle.edu.au
> +61 2 49216604
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Radhika Gajjala
Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies
Interim Women's Studies Director 2009-2010
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Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH  43403

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